Rurality Project in Kampung Ulu Muanad, Sabah, Malaysia
engaged in transformation activities
total surface mapped during RDD
1’018 tons of FBB
delivered by Rurality farmers in 2017
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
More information in our RDD report
Rurality in Action
Human elephant conflict management
Conduct in-depth surveys of the human elephant conflict and help with the implementation of potential strategies.
Identify potential income diversification opportunities with support from stakeholders and a fostered connection to the market.
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.
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
Country Coordinator. Community Engagement and conservation projects
Field officer. Social Survey and Community Engagement
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.
Last news from Sabah
Pictures from the field
Some elephants roam into plots and raid the small holder crops.
Rurality field officers walk through the field with the owner to map the plantation and have a better idea of the situation.
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 analysed. Access to water, electricity, schools, local markets…
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.