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:
- WEBINAR: Nature-Based Solutions for the Planet, 8 Dec 2020 (UPDATED)
The conventional oil palm farming practices are dependent on high inputs of chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides and inorganic fertilisers, and these practices have been taken as “standard operating procedure”;... Read more »
- Wild Asia is welcomed into a global network for sustainable agriculture!
We do not work alone. Over the years we have worked with global, national and local partners; many of whom are still with us today. Today, our work in palm... Read more »
- Jemputan Untuk Membuat Ulasan Berkenaan Dengan Penilaian MSPO Bagi WAGS
26 September 2020 Kepada Badan Atau Orang Perseorangan Yang Berkepentingan. Jemputan Untuk Membuat Ulasan Berkenaan Dengan Penilaian MSPO Bagi WAGS Perak – Growers WAGS Perak – Growers telah melantik Trans Certification International Sdn Bhd... Read more »
- Invitation to comment on MSPO Initial Assesment of WAGS Perak – Growers
26 September 2020 Dear Stakeholders, Invitation to comment on MSPO Initial Assesment of WAGS Perak – Growers WAGS Perak – Growers has appointed Trans Certification International Sdn Bhd to conduct MSPO Initial Assessment... Read more »
- 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 »