Wild Asia, Malaysia
DefinitionDevising project idea, defining the aim and main components
DesignSpecifying details such as time-frame, budget, target indicators, project partners and relevant steps to reach the project objectives
FinancingSearching and securing funding and investment, setting up relevant financing partnerships, and discussing payment modalities
ImplementationExecution of feasibility studies, context analysis, plot design, planting and setting up facilities and starting with potential capacity-building
MaintenanceOperational phase (monitoring and evaluation, impact assessments and adjustments, execution of educational programmes and long-term capacity building)
Scaling UpScaling up phase is when the project it has already shown success by obtaining impact as well as economic results and it's ready to become replicable.
This project is rethinking Malaysian oil palm plantations. Together with reNature, Wild Asia is creating a new normal in palm oil – an industry commonly related to deforestation and its adverse environmental impacts. Wild Asia’s work has demonstrated that biodiversity and profits are not mutually incompatible. The understanding that biodiversity below ground, in our soils, is fundamental to good plant growth is the key to making this happen. By growing oil palm in a bio-intensive manner, this project will fundamentally improve their environmental value through diversification. In contrast to conventional plantations, our systems will be nature-inclusive, welcoming a wide range of species benefiting biodiversity and the climate while supporting farmer livelihoods.
Number of direct beneficiaries
1.000 village farmers & their families
Monoculture oil palm plantations have very low environmental value compared to Borneo’s native tropical rainforest ecosystems. Very few species can survive on those farms due to the degraded habitat and the excessive use of agrochemicals. Furthermore, they have low carbon sequestration potential and often degrade the soil. There is an urgent need to rethink these systems to save Borneo’s wildlife and mitigate climate change while supporting farmer livelihoods.
ReNature will work with Wild Asia to develop a 100 ha pilot plot of BIO-intensively managed farms, bringing about a diversified agroforestry system in oil palm. The demonstrations will showcase the benefits to both farmers and the environment, and building the capacity of Wild Asia’s local teams to guide these farmers. From this, we will scale up to a full 1,000 ha and potentially further by partnering with other larger producers.
To design and implement oil palm agroforestry systems, combined with Wild Asia’s Bio-intensive methods, that maximized environmental value whilst enhancing farm profitability.
This project will demonstrate that palm oil agroforestry systems are not only viable but highly beneficial in the Malaysian context. They will be a starting point for driving the widespread adoption of better practices in palm oil production, including farmer and industry outreach activities and regular visits and study tours organized by Wild Asia.
Diversifying oil palm systems through agroforestry has a range of environmental advantages. Our approach encourages valuable biological interactions, regenerating soils and providing a range of ecological niches for native flora and fauna. In this way, agroforestry contributes to Borneo’s landscape as a functional ecosystem. Soil regeneration is fostered by reducing the need for agrochemicals. Furthermore, the system will promote carbon sequestration in the above and below-ground biomass.
Agroforestry oil palm systems will diversify farm income, protecting farmers against price fluctuations as well as mitigating the risk of pests, diseases or extreme weather. Moreover, all palm oil will be RSPO certified securing an added value for the product. Farmers will also benefit from increased profitability due to lower input costs.
The well-being of farmers and their families are core to the project. Diversification through agroforestry provides food crops that improve diets and providing valuable nutrition. There will also be a reduced need for agrochemicals that often have negative health impacts for farmers.