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icon2 HeiferSANotice: Thusanang Project event

Heifer International South Africa’s (Heifer) Thusanang Project will be receiving a delivery of 50 dairy cattle. The event will take place in Hebron Village near the town of Matatiele at 9am on Friday the 29th of August.

Heifer will be holding a livestock delivery ceremony in which 50 of our Thusanang project members will each be receiving an in-calf dairy cow. The dairy cattle will enable our Project members to become successful entrepreneurs through milk production which they will be selling to stores across Matateile.

The delivery of the dairy cattle will be a huge investment in this community which has been made possible by Mutual and Federal Community Trust and Jobs Fund. The income gained from the sale of the milk will be essential in assisting the Project members in ending Hunger and Poverty within their community and will also be a great boost the local economy. I have attached an article detailing the Thusanang Project for further
information.

Please R.S.V.P. for the event by the 27th of August by emailing
john@heifer.org.za or calling us at 031 777 1374.

John Allen – External Relations Specialist – Heifer International South Africa
Website: www.heifer.org.za

icon2Cargill launches innovative oil palm smallholder sustainability program in Malaysia

Program first to create partnerships within the palm oil supply chain to help independent oil palm smallholders meet the RSPO standards for sustainable palm oil production.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 25 June, 2013 – Cargill, in partnership with Malaysian-based social enterprise Wild Asia and the international non-governmental organization, Solidaridad, announced today they are launching an innovative independent oil palm smallholder sustainability support program in Malaysia.  The three-year program will provide technical assistance, training and capacity building to over 2,500 independent oil palm smallholders.

It is one of the first programs in Malaysia that is focused on sustainable palm oil production through partnerships with independent smallholders, palm oil dealers, mills and refiners. The goal is to help smallholders employ sustainable palm oil production practices, to bring about higher oil palm fruit yields and increase farmer incomes.

The program is in line with the government’s efforts to help smallholders and independent millers meet sustainable palm oil production standards in Malaysia. Smallholders in the state of Perak will receive direct training and support on best agricultural practices and improved farm management practices covering key areas of health and safety, and environmental and social impact management.

“This multi-party, independent oil palm smallholder program is a significant milestone for progressing smallholder development towards the adoption of sustainable practices. Smallholders who are constrained by resources need the right training and support to learn how to increase their productivity and become sustainable.  In addition, we also want to leverage all stages of the oil palm  supply chain  towards sustainable palm oil production – from independent smallholders, dealers and  mills, to refiners and finally to the end users,” said Chai Wei Joo , managing director, Cargill Palm Products Sdn Bhd.  “The ultimate success of the three-year program will be a complete supply chain that adopts sustainable practices and increased production of RSPO certified sustainable palm oil.”

Dr Piers Gillepsie, Asia Pacific manager for Solidaridad explained, “This program is unique as it demonstrates the strength of collaboration when the stakeholders from the palm oil supply chain, both upstream and downstream, work together to produce and use sustainable palm oil.”

Wild Asia, through what is called the Wild Asia Group Scheme (WAGS), will provide technical  management to support and certify the independent smallholders to RSPO standards. This new project will mean that WAGS will be operating in over four regions of Malaysia. “We recognize that working with smallholders in Malaysia and implementing our scheme will be our biggest challenge but we are committed to work with our partners to undertake this noble task,” said Dr Reza Azmi, executive director of Wild Asia.  “We understand that there is a clear gap in the supply chain for sustainable palm oil production. We look forward to building innovative partnerships between refiners, millers and their smallholders and to help close this gap.”

“Cargill has always had a strong focus on sustainable palm oil production. We appreciate how our existing business relationship and partnership in this program will help us as an independent miller, to move towards sustainable palm oil production in Malaysia,” said Steven Tan, group executive director of Tian Siang Group.  “I am also pleased that the independent smallholders in our supply chain will be receiving the technical support they need, and in the long run, they will benefit from becoming RSPO certified.”  The independent mill, Tian Siang Oil Mill (Air Kuning) Sdn Bhd,  Perak, is committed towards achieving RSPO certification.

In Malaysia, there are around 177,0001  independent oil palm smallholders with a total planted area of  692,000 hectares  (14  percent of Malaysia’s total oil palm planted area in 2012). These smallholders play a significant role in the rural development and economic progress of the country.

About Cargill

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 142,000 people in 65 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit www.cargill.com and its news center at www.cargill.com/news/index.jsp.

Contact (s):  D. Chandramohan, Cargill Malaysia
+60 32 246 3104,
chandramohan-dharmapalan_nair@cargill.com

Jan Maarten Dros, Solidaridad
+31 30 275 94 50,
janmaarten.dros@solidaridad.nl

Reza Azmi, Wild Asia
+60 12 212 0694,
reza@wildasia.orgsiblesoy.org