The Jakarta Post, 23 May 2018
Both the government and nongovernmental organizations are working to address the issue by assisting small-scale oil palm farmers to get their hands on sustainable palm oil certificates. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a nonprofit multi-stakeholder organization on sustainable palm oil certification, claims it has helped smallholders in various ways, including through disbursing the funds needed for farmers to obtain certification. RSPO has disbursed more than $1 million for smallholders and have more to be distributed. Most of the money was distributed to Indonesia, RSPO CEO Datuk Darrel Webber told “The Jakarta Post” in Jakarta on Monday (May 23). The funds, he claimed, have helped around 90,000 smallholders across the country, both individual farmers or those who joined a farmers group, to obtain certification.