This component supports the institutionalization of sustainable natural resource management (NRM) systems at national, sub-district and Community Groups levels. While activities will be undertaken at all levels, the primary driver is to support the strengthening of institutional capacity within Community Groups so that they can manage their community resources in ways that are environmentally responsible and that produce economically viable outcomes that share costs and benefits according to principles agreed by the whole community. Crucially important for the long-term success of Community Groups will be improvements to an enabling environment for local-level forest and agro-forest management at both sub-district and national levels.
This component will disseminate knowledge related to the project and arising from the project as it progresses. It will also assess uptake by the farmers and community for improved Cocoa fermentation, organic fertilizers for nutrient recycling and shade management that employs commercially beneficial cultivars and/or that support pest/disease biological controls.
Activity 1 : Establish farmer groups and identify farmer leaders who can the mainstream gender, financial and social equity perspectives into Project activities, and who are willing to participate in on-farm assessments.
Activity 2: Create an enabling environment for local-level forest and agro-forest management at national and sub-district levels, through collaborative work with donors and/or institutions in support of constructive NRM policy development and implementation processes. The activity will facilitate a coordinated approach to training that builds capacity within a range of institutions which can support Community Groups; including ongoing after project close-out. This component will undertake educational activities within the community and farmer field schools in cooperation with the Departments of Forestry and Horticulture and institutions appropriate to disseminate knowledge to a wide network of participants.
Activity 3: Conduct in-person surveys of participating farmers and others to assess:
(i) uptake of changes in their understanding and adoption of management strategies that could be used to overcome pest/disease and production problems,
(ii) their understanding of methods of on-farm testing of new ideas, and
(iii) the socio-economic benefit of the project.
Activity 4: Develop and Strengthen Agriculture Systems and Community Involvement through schools and wider community training, paying attention to marginalized, disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The benefits are:
- Building institutional capacity of Community Groups and strengthening the capacity of Community Groups’ members.
- Lower chemical and input costs.
- Increased production and prices.
- Increased biomass to trap significant mass of atmospheric carbon.
- Lower impact of pests and diseases.
- Actions aligned to sustainability.
- Diversified income streams and higher incomes.
- Gained knowledge in fermentation and post harvest practices that will add >10% value to the Cocoa that is produced.
- Indonesia’s access to world Cocoa markets improved.
- Achieving a culture of the Cocoa farming community coming together to solve common problems.