IOI Loders, Kerry Group Support Palm Oil SmallholdersThursday, March 1, 2018
Ingredients suppliers IOI Loders Croklaan and Kerry Group have partnered with Wild Asia and the Fortuna Palm Oil Mill in Sabah to implement a three-year small growers support program, FoodNavigator reported on February 19. The scheme aims to support the inclusion of smallholders into the supply chain, boost productivity and encourage the implementation of sustainable agricultural practices. Not for profit social enterprise Wild Asia is the implementation partner for the program that will be managed by both Kerry Group and IOI Loders Croklaan.
The program is designed to help Kerry work more collaboratively with its suppliers. “As buyer of palm oil we have limited interaction with mills or palm oil growers, so we rely on our supply partners to help meet our sourcing requirements. This partnership gives us a more direct influence on practices at mill and farm level in the project area. Alongside our broader requirements on palm oil, the program aims to deliver a positive impact for communities and workers within our supply chain”, said Kerry Group sourcing manager, Maarten Butselaar.