Rurality Project in Kampung Ulu Muanad, Sabah, Malaysia

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64 farmers
engaged in transformation activities

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334 ha
total surface mapped during RDD

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1’018 tons of FBB
delivered by Rurality farmers in 2017

Objectives

Nestlé is engaged in Rurality’s journey to see changes in its supply chain. The first Rurality project in Malaysia started in June 2015 with smallholders that provide Fresh Fruit Bunches to the IJM Plantations Berhad’s mill which is called Desa Talisai. The mill is located in Sabah and is involved in Nestlé’s supply chain.

Funders & Partners

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More information in our RDD report

Rurality in Action

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Human elephant conflict management

Conduct in-depth surveys of the human elephant conflict and help with the implementation of potential strategies.

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Income diversification

Identify potential income diversification opportunities with support from stakeholders and a fostered connection to the market.

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Connectivity between farmers & stakeholders

Form informal groups to help farmers connect within each other and to create a dynamic relationship with external stakeholders for information sharing and better decision making.

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Group and individual training 

Connect and empower smallholders with trainings, workshops and field visits to improve productivity by applying best management practice.

Rurality team in the field

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Alessandra
Country Coordinator. Community Engagement and conservation projects

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Lisa
Field officer. Social Survey and Community Engagement

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Lakarim
Field officer. Agronomy and Plantation Management

Thoughts from farmers

I can’t wait to see my progress with Rurality!
We have to find solutions to protect our plantations from elephants.
Land is life! It gives us everything and makes us who we are.
I always developed my land the best I could with oil palm, fruits and vegetables but I realise now that I was lacking some knowledge.
I’m very protective with my land so I really needed to understand what Rurality does before I let them walk on my field.

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Pictures from the field

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Some elephants roam into plots and raid the small holder crops.

field visits and mapping (rurality Action!)

Rurality field officers walk through the field with the owner to map the plantation and have a better idea of the situation.

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Lakarim is driving to the farmers’ plot and talking to the team about what has been observed.

Understanding farmers' challenges means that every aspect of their daily lives will be analized. Access to water, electricity, schools, local markets...compressée

Understanding farmers’ challenges means that every aspect of their daily lives will be analysed. Access to water, electricity, schools, local markets…

Early in the morning, getting ready to map the field with the owner

Early in the morning, getting ready to map the field with a smallholder.

sharing some watermelon after the field visit. Moments like these are important to discuss with the farmer and build trust. compressé

Sharing some watermelon after the field visit. Moments like these are important to discuss with the farmer and build trust.