ALDI SOUTH
 
Group
ALDI SOUTH Group
Project Details

Name of the Company

ALDI SOUTH Group

Contact Person Name

David Wigand

Position

Consultant CRI

Address

Alte Bundesstraße 10 5071 Wals

Country

Austria

Region / State

Salzburg

Telephone

Austria (+43) 570 30650-7043

Mobile Phone

Email

david.wigand@hofer.at

Website




General Project Information

Funding Capacity Building Training Since 2017, the ALDI North and ALDI SOUTH groups have been supporting a smallholder project in Côte d'Ivoire in order to pave the way for sustainable cultivation of palm (kernel) oil. In close cooperation with our NGO partner Solidaridad, we have developed a project focussing on the protection of natural forests and environmentally friendly cultivation methods. Solidaridad offers intensive training which builds on an existing RSPO Smallholder Support Fund project in order to benefit from existing structures and increase impact. ALDI’s and Solidaridad’s project intends to support up to 3,200 smallholders to protect forests as well as to align their cultivation methods with environmental and resource conservation requirements.

Type of Smallholder Groups That You Would Like to Support: Independent Smallholders We already support 3,200 independent smallholders.



Brief Project Description / Summary

Since 2017, the ALDI North and ALDI SOUTH groups have been supporting a smallholder project in Côte d'Ivoire in order to pave the way for sustainable cultivation of palm (kernel) oil. The overall goal of this project is to promote best environmental practices (agriculture with respect for HCV’s and natural forests) in a comprehensive manner to oil palm smallholders in Côte d’Ivoire.

The project goals have two major objectives (“Outcome 1” and “Outcome 2”), which consist of respective concrete outputs.

Outcome 1: 70% of farmers trained are able to identify High Conservation Value (HCV) zones in practice and are committed to not exploiting protected HCV areas and forests

Outputs: 

24 educational ‘flip boxes’ / educational kits comprising posters are produced containing training material and guides for the 8 Group Managers on HCV and the value of forests, as linked to oil palm cultivation. 

3,200 illustrated booklets on HCV and the no deforestation concept are produced for use by the smallholder beneficiaries. 

35 Field officers are trained using the Training of Trainers approach on HCV requirements.

2,100 smallholder farmers are trained on the HCV approach, the importance of forests and community forest conservation techniques. All farmers will participate in the development of management and monitoring plans for affected HCV areas and forests.

25 oil palm growing communities (approximately 18,000 people) are sensitized on HCV and mitigation techniques to tackle deforestation. 

4 tree plants nurseries are set up to produce sufficient trees to plant 15,000 trees, corresponding to approx.~ 216 ha. of degraded land around protected areas. 

Smallholders’ knowledge of HCV maintenance and mitigation of deforestation in practice will be tested in a pre-test and post-test through interviews, based on smallholder literacy. Smallholders’ knowledge of and in practice mitigation activities of HCV destruction will be audited during the external audit for RSPO certification of the groups (additional validation under the RSPO Smallholder Support Fund (RSSF) project). 

Encroachment / deforestation in areas immediately adjacent to the targeted smallholders and communities is monitored through Global Forest Watch on an annual basis. 

Objective 2: 50% of farmers trained are able to put in practice best environmental practices 

Outputs: 

16 educational kits are produced containing training material and guides for the 8 Group Managers on Best Environmental & Health Practices (BEP).

24 illustrated posters displaying BEP and information on dangerous pesticides to be placed at central locations in the cooperatives. 

Two Integrated Pest and Disease Management System (IPMS) demonstration plots are set up in each group (16 total) to demonstrate in practice how to implement IPMS, Empty Fruit Bunch mulching techniques and composting, as well as showcase the benefits of these techniques. 

2,100 smallholders are trained on IPMS, use of organic alternatives for pest and disease control and the potential health effects and dangers of chemical use, using the Farmer Field School facilities and training sessions. 

25 oil palm growing communities (approximately 18,000 people) are sensitized on BEP and the consequences of the use of hazardous pesticides on human health.