Wild Asia believes that an understanding of the social and environmental issues is fundamental to developing new models for plantation development. We work directly with the producers of natural resource commodities (such as rubber and palm oil), assisting them in understanding and implementing the principles of sustainable production to ultimately meet the expectations of the global community.
Wild Asia’s technical programme provides professional support in four core work streams:
✓ Training & Capacity Building (raising awareness amongst consultants, management, work teams).
Small Producers in Global Commodities
One of the challenges for many commodity-related industries is ensuring that global standards do not marginalise small producers. Wild Asia pioneered a scheme for small palm oil producers through a programme called Wild Asia Group Scheme for Small Producers or WAGS. WAGS was created to address the challenges faced by independent small farmers by providing the necessary technical assistance, training and capacity building for small farmer groups. The focus is to help them improve their farming practices and support them towards reaching international standards (for example, RSPO). Today, more than 200 small farmers are currently managed under WAGS, which spans over 1,800 hectares of palm oil production area.
Two of our producer groups are currently RSPO Certified (Bintulu, Sarawak and Beluran, Sabah) and we are actively developing new partnerships to support other groups across Malaysia. WAGS is a community development initiative that provides the working model for independent small farmers to ultimately improve their livelihoods by improving yields, reducing environmental or social risks and ensuring access to the international market of sustainable palm oil. Consequently, by helping smallholders increase their production levels, the Group Scheme will also enable smallholders to improve their level of income. We hope to develop a working model that could be implemented on a global scale.
Latest Posts from the Palm Oil Initiative:
- Sustainable Palm Oil Study Tour (Thailand, Nov, 2019)
Wild Asia’s Sustainable Palm Oil Study Tour is a great opportunity to learn more about the challenges and opportunities for sustainable palm oil production – from the perspective of the... Read more »
- RSPO-endorsed Supply Chain Training Course (Amsterdam, June 2019)
Upcoming course by Wild Asia – RSPO-endorsed Supply Chain Training Course Session: 11th June 2019 – Amsterdam Companies that wish to purchase, process and to sell any RSPO-certified Palm Oil-derived products must... Read more »
- January 2019 | Malaysian Oil Palm Small Growers gear up to meet National Sustainability Standards
Wild Asia’s sustainability workshop is prepping the first group of EMPA ( East Malaysia Planters Association) small growers to meet the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) standard. Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia: Wild... Read more »
- 2018 September | RSPO P&C Lead Auditors Course Plus (LAC+)
The 16th RSPO-endorsed Lead Auditors Course Plus (LAC+) from Wild Asia Wild Asia’s RSPO-LAC+ is offering a new approach to the lead auditors training course which will enhance the learner’s auditing... Read more »
- High Conservation Value Landscapes in Peninsular Malaysia
High Conservation Values (HCV) in Malaysia are closely tied to natural forests and associated wetlands. Many HCVs in Malaysia are not confined to Protected Areas and occur over complex land... Read more »