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:
- Welcome to 2017 – a Decade Working in Palm Oil
Dear Friends and Supporters, Welcome to the first Wild Asia Palm Oil Initiative Newsletter for 2017 which provides updates on our work in palm oil. —- Palm Oil Partnerships Wild Asia has been working... Read more »
- 2017 May l RSPO P&C Lead Auditors Course Plus (LAC+)
The new and improved RSPO-endorsed Lead Auditors Course Plus (LAC+) from Wild Asia will be held in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Wild Asia’s RSPO-LAC+ is offering a new approach to the lead auditors... Read more »
- 2016 October l RSPO P&C Lead Auditors Course (International)
We will be organising the 13th RSPO-endorsed Lead Auditors Course in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 10-14th October 2016. The course is designed for auditors and members of the palm oil supply chain. Training... Read more »
- 2016 August l HCV Lead Assessors Course
The course will be a prerequisite for demonstrating basic competency for conducting, evaluating and report writing on HCV assessments under the HCV Resource Network guideline. This is part of our... Read more »
- 2016 April l RSPO Supply Chain Certification System and Standard
Wild Asia RSPO-endorsed SCCS Lead Auditors Course in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 4-5 April 2016 The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Certification System and associated standards provide opportunities for palm oil producers,... Read more »