Adaro Indonesia helps ensure the general economic health of South Kalimantan communities where it operates through targeted initiatives to encourage self-sufficiency.
Main program: Farmers’ Welfare
Objective: This program aims to conserve the environment, increase farmers’ income, improve the communities’ welfare and contribute to the food sovereignty by maintaining the productivity of the land used for agricultural activities for the long term.
This program encourages local farmers to practice organic farming. In 2019, 51 farmers participated in this program and received training on the technique for organic farming and for making organic fertilizer. To ensure that these activities can help to improve their welfare, the farmers are also supported with the necessary tools and equipment and mentored for marketing their products. In 2019, the organic farming had taken up a total area of two hectares and the farmers had been able to market their products independently, which increased their income by around 70%. This activity had also improved soil condition and increased productivity for a number of plants, and made the farm a learning center for community members in Tabalong, Balangan, East Barito and Hulu Sungai Utara districts who are interested in organic farming.