Fire-Free Village Programme Marks 2nd-Year Milestone

Fire-Free Village Programme Marks 2nd-Year Milestone

Fires are a major threat to sustainably managed plantations, annihilating assets that took years to grow and nurture. Recognising the danger and damage that fires cause, and keenly aware that a ground-up, partnership approach is needed in order for any solution to be effective, APRIL established the Fire-Free Village Programme (FFVP) in 2015. FFVP started […]

One Year On, Fire Free Alliance Addresses Forest Fire & Haze in Over 200 Indonesian Villages

One Year On, Fire Free Alliance Addresses Forest Fire & Haze in Over 200 Indonesian Villages

The Birth of the Fire Free Alliance The Fire Free Alliance (FFA) marked its first anniversary this week in conjunction with Responsible Business Forum Jakarta, taking stock of the remarkable progress it has made over the past year and the work that remains ahead.  Launched on  29 February 2016, FFA started with founding members APRIL, Asian Agri, […]

[Guest Blog] Reflections on Project Sukacita V by Tanoto Foundation Scholar at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

[Guest Blog] Reflections on Project Sukacita V by Tanoto Foundation Scholar at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Editor’s Note: This article, contributed by Jaron Koh Jun Jie, a MBBS Phase II student at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, first appeared in the Feb 2017 edition of MediCine Newsletter. Jaron Koh is a Tanoto Foundation Scholar who participated in Project Sukacita V, using his medical knowledge to conduct health screening & lessons […]

Rats! Here Come the Owls: A Look at Asian Agri’s Integrated Pest Management Program

Rats! Here Come the Owls: A Look at Asian Agri’s Integrated Pest Management Program

With 27 oil palm estates in Riau, Jambi and North Sumatra totaling 160,000 hectares of land of which 60,000 are smallholder estates, Asian Agri together with its smallholder farmers represent one of Indonesia’s leading palm oil businesses. But along with vast plantations and fertile conditions inevitably come pests such as rats and caterpillars. Recognising that […]

[Guest Blog] Behind the Scenes of Ecosystem Restoration: A Salute to the Field Teams working on Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER) by Dr Tony Whitten

[Guest Blog] Behind the Scenes of Ecosystem Restoration: A Salute to the Field Teams working on Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER) by Dr Tony Whitten

Editor’s Note: This article was first published on April Dialog. Dr Tony Whitten is Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Fauna & Flora International (FFI). FFI is RER’s technical partner, managing key elements of the project as they relate to biodiversity, climate and communities. As part of its role, it has released an important report, detailing Biodiversity on the Kampar […]

APRIL Canvasses Creative Expressions in Caring for the Climate with Doodle Competition

APRIL Canvasses Creative Expressions in Caring for the Climate with Doodle Competition

Indonesians from all walks of life cranked their creativity for the inaugural APRIL Caring for the Climate Doodle Competition held in Dec 2016.  APRIL, one of the largest and most technologically advanced pulp and paper products makers in the world, canvassed the public for creative expressions along the theme of “PT RAPP Good for Climate.” […]

World Economic Forum 2017: Highlights from Davos

World Economic Forum 2017: Highlights from Davos

Each year in January, the normally sedate Davos, population 11,000, sees an influx of visitors when the World Economic Forum (WEF) holds its flagship Annual Meeting in the alpine resort town located in the canton of Graubünden, Switzerland. Since 2015, RGE has participated in the thought leadership forum to understand the cross currents of emerging […]

Asian Agri Distributes IDR 2.6 Billion to 29,000 Smallholders at Premium Sharing Ceremony

Asian Agri Distributes IDR 2.6 Billion to 29,000 Smallholders at Premium Sharing Ceremony

Since its founding in 1979, Asian Agri has grown to become one of the world’s leading palm oil producers, managing 100,000 hectares of land comprising 27 sustainably-managed plantations. Integral to its success over the past four decades is its close partnership with the thousands of smallholder farmers, who collectively manage another 60,000 hectares of oil […]