Enhanced trade and greater competitiveness
Why should a simple Indonesian
farmer take any notice of western social and ecological standards?
Indonesian farmers have previously been drawn to producing palm oil, with the prospect of making a relatively quick profit. In comparison, growing other crops like cocoa was always more costly and less lucrative. SECO is now helping farmers to produce cocoa more efficiently and of a higher quality. It is also working to have the cocoa processed in Indonesia itself, so that more of the added value stays in the country.
SECO makes it easier and cheaper for cocoa producers to get the production means they need. It provides farmers with new, high-yield plants and holds training courses on site, together with the local authorities. SECO also encourages the use of ecological and social standards, offering farmers better working conditions and higher prices. This also opens up more opportunities for them on the global market.
Indonesian cocoa producers are now more productive. Harvests have increased two-fold in some cases, or even three-fold. This makes their products more competitive. In turn, this creates new, decent jobs. Living standards are higher, and there is less pressure on farmers to cut down forests and cultivate palm oil.