Sustainable Palm Oil “Big Think” Convenes in Indonesia
A dispatch from Jakarta by Lena Delchad
SecondMuse was in Jakarta last week to kick off an innovation platform called SAWIT- Smallholders Advancing with Innovation and Technology. SAWIT means “palm oil” in Bahasa Indonesia, and considering a third of Indonesia’s palm oil comes from the hard work of over a million rural farmers working with small plots of land, SAWIT is putting local communities at the center of sustainable palm oil solutions.
We had a the “Big Think”, which is a convening to understand what type of innovation is needed to promote change among smallholders in the palm oil sector. At the Big Think we heard about the burning concerns and opportunities for smallholder farmers from a diverse network of influential companies, NGOs and donors. Some of the emerging topics included inclusive finance, productivity, equitable supply chains/market access, and land use planning and management.
At the beginning of April, SAWIT will release a Challenge that reflects the types of innovation this network wants to see emerge, and in August we will convene the winning innovations with a broad and diverse network at an Innovator Marketplace.
SAWIT is a new partnership of the Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD) and the Smallholders Association (SPKS), with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Keep in touch with us @sawitchallenge and #SAWITChallenge.
About Lena Delchad
Lena is an international development professional with more than a decade of experience in democratic governance. At SecondMuse she has managed the LAUNCH program and other systems transformation initiatives. Prior, Lena was a USAID contractor for complex civil society programs in the Middle East, managing budgets up to $400m. Early in her career Lena defined a national municipal equity agenda around racial equality and democratic governance, and in her various consultancies, she has written on topics of poverty alleviation, civic engagement, new urbanism and human rights.