Rurality Project in Kampung Ulu Muanad, Sabah, Malaysia

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48 farmers
engaged today

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321 ha
surface mapped

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186 tons of FBB
delivered by farmers engaged with Rurality

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.

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Rurality in Action

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Mapping and field visits

Field officers walk through the plantation with the farmers to map the fields and have a better idea of their situation.

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Training

During sessions or field visits, technical knowledge about farming practices and treatments are given.

Engage with farmers
Building trust

Rurality Field Officers come in the plantations multiple times and talk to the farmers to understand their living conditions and build a solid trust.

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Engaging with farmers

Group meetings are organised to present Rurality and the team to the farmers. It’s already a first step in building trust, giving some farming advice and getting to know them.

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Connecting with stakeholders

The team engages with several authorities, research centers, NGO’s, middlemen and markets to try to foster the relation between farmers and these stakeholders.

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Interviewing farmers

One of the RDD key step is to conduct individual and group interviews to collect a lot of information about personal and collective challenges. The farmers’ background and opinion are essential to design together the action plan.

Rurality team in the field

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Prasad
Country Coordinator. Community Engagement

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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

Some elephants pass by and destroy the plots so farmers had to invent an explosive tool to scare them away compressé

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.

Driving to the farmers' plot and talking to the team about what has been observed compressé

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.