Sustainable Spices Farming Practices toward Smallholder Farmers Prosperity

applying organic farming techniques, appropriate technology for post harvest and direct fair trade as a solution for small holder farmers

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

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  • English

Organization name


Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $50k - $100k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 100 - 250

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Indonesia

Headquarters location: City


Location(s) of impact

Indonesia : Yogyakarta


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

There are several issues of spices farmer in Menoreh Hills : farmers prosperity are low due to spices price are very cheap and unfair. This things happen because of long distribution chain of spices, no appropriate technologies are applied in post harvest and chemical fertilizer usage in farming techniques.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

We provide several stages to solve the problem : training and advocacy of organic farming techniques, management and farming business analysis for farmers group, solar dryers installation - usage training and direct fair trade as buying system to farmers group the most innovative and effective solution that has been applied is solar dryer instillation since its easy to use, the volume of spice will be shrink and stays longer due to drying process which easier to distribute to markets/end user, and this process create higher price.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

through our journey, we have been giving a benefit to 157 farmers in 4 different location of group of farmers and 72 ha unproductive land is use in Menoreh Hills, Yogyakarta. Several farmers has been converted back to natural farming which conventional farming has been applied before we came.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Our finance could be detailed as this: 80% for community development – empowerment and training for farmers which funded by grant. 20% were generate from spices sales. We sales product in wholesale ( bulk ) to pharmaceutical company, and retail sales directly to end costumer

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

we innovate instant herbal drink made from organic ginger, tumeric and Indigenous Java tumeric through organic- sustainable farming. solar dryer house is applied in production process. this technology is useful to dry the spices which is cheap and use renewable resources ( solar ) as its energy based.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

farmers properity is crucial problem in Indonesia. Spice farmer is Yogyakarta is one of them. Aha moment was founded when we talk with one of women farmer (name Ibu Poniyah ) who tell us about their condition when tumeric prices is less than 1000 IDR or 1 cent USD. this condition ( low price ) was encourage agradaya to create something - or innovate through sustainable spices scheme

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Social media


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Photo of misolo sakala

great idea, @contribution: may be research also on spice and herb markets overseas

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