12sq-5887 - Economic empowerment through partnership model
Agriterra supported SPPQT in 2008 within the The Horticultural Partnership Support Program (HPSP) supported by three Dutch development cooperation organisations: Cordaid, Agriterra and the Royal Netherlands Embassy. The most relevant results in 2008 were: economic development of the farmers through improved partnerships in the cultivation of peppers and organic vegetables in the Merapi region. At the beginning the project was focused on building a cooperation between farmer groups and private organisations. The result of this activity was an agreement to co-operate with PT Heinz ABC Jakarta for peppers marketing and Mr. Tanto in Jogyakarta for organic vegetables marketing. Besides that, business training sessions were organised for farmers (cadres - training of trainers), as well as on the functioning of cooperatives and on building and management of green houses. Other important results were: (1) the arrangement of farmer groups at dusun (small village) and village level, (2) setting up Gardu Tani Paguyuban as multi-business cooperation at association level, (3) building a Sub Terminal Agribisnis Paguyuban (STAP) Merapi region as the collective marketing institute. The project proposal for the year 2012 will replicate its experience with HPSP in 2008, involving the community of Qaryah Thayyibah in the area of Kawasan Sumbing. . In this first phase of cooperation the project will involve nine associations with 60 farmers groups (470 farmers) all of them horticultural producers of french beans, green beans and local curly chili.