10th May 2016

Certification: Curse or blessing?

The online forum "Inside Indonesia" published a summary report of the SPIN workshop "The future of sustainable agriculture in Indonesia" written by Astrid Offermans. Sustainability certification is big business for cash crops around the world. When it comes to coffee, for example, Indonesia exports around 47,000 tonnes of certified coffee annually with an estimated value of US$91,000. Depending on the scheme, certification promises premium prices, training, investments in infrastructure or agricultural equipment, with the idea to improve the livelihoods of smallholders. But the benefits to Indonesia’s farmers appear marginal. Read more