Invest Co-op - Indonesia
Invest Co-op Indonesia
- Term: 4 Years
- Budget: $2.7 million
- Direct Beneficiaries: 10,800
- Implementation Partners: Kospermindo, Marine Institute
- Financial Partners: CDF Canada, GAC
Siti Rafiah Darajat shows seaweed farmers that planting larger seedlings farther apart will produce more and better crops. Climate change causes unpredictable weather and damage to their equipment. CDF Canada helps farmers adopt resilient seaweed varieties, and employ more sustainable infrastructure so farmers can adapt to the challenges presented by climate change.
Ms. Darajat's work is being supervised by the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland (MI), a partner in CDF Canada's INVEST Co-op Indonesia project to improve the position of small aquaculture producers of seaweed, milk fish and shrimp in this, one of Indonesia's largest aquaculture production regions. It's one of four INVEST Co-op projects at work here and in Malawi, Mongolia and Peru.
In addition to larger players squeezing small farmers out of the market, climate change is delivering a host of erratic weather conditions. High winds and waves, flooding, high tides, drought and unpredictable rains are drastically altering the saline content of seaweed beds and ponds, and damaging equipment. Rising water temperatures stimulate fungi which compete for nutrients and stunt the growth of the seaweed they attach to.
CDF Canada, MI and local partner Kospermindo are helping farmers improve seaweed production, adopt resilient seaweed varieties, and employ more sustainable infrastructure, including environmentally friendly floats. These practical skills and inputs are helping women and men seaweed farmers adapt to the many challenges presented by climate change.
"CDF Canada, MI and local partner Kospermindo are helping farmers improve seaweed production, adopt resilient seaweed varieties, and employ more sustainable infrastructure, including environmentally friendly floats."
With nearly 70% of fisheries outputs from aquaculture, Indonesia is the world's second largest producer of seafood, and is responsible for 75% of global cultivated seaweed production. That said, 258 million Indonesians are still living below the national poverty line, with over 90% of the fish, shellfish, and seaweed farming undertaken by small producers in the coastal areas. These producers continue to face challenges to improve their livelihood and economic well-being, but if quality and quantity of production can meet market demands there are opportunities to link small scale producers to domestic and international markets through co-operatives and other private sector suppliers and processors.
Our project works directly with women and men small aquaculture producers to increase the quality and quantity of climate-smart production, access to financial services, and access to markets through their co-operatives. We are strengthening the institutional capacity of new and existing co-operatives and farmers' groups to help them become sustainable, profitable and gender equitable businesses and to provide better services to their members. Finally, we are working with government, private companies, business associations and other stakeholders to strengthen networks, and enable a conducive environment and supply chains for better WMSAP livelihoods.