From the activity report by Budhi Prasetya
Smallholder Livelihood Development (SOLID) Project in Eastern Indonesia is being implemented by the Food Security Agency (Badan Ketahanan Pangan/BKP) under Ministry of Agriculture for more than two years. The project aims to improve the well-being through increased incomes and food security of the people in the target villages or 11 districts of Maluku province.
A number of activities such as set-up of demonstration plots and establishment of farmer groups were already completed in several target locations. As part of the organization's strategic framework, IFAD recommended to integrate value chain components in the implementation of the SOLID project.
Backtrack to July 2013 in Manokwari, FoodSTART together with State University of Papua (UNIPA) delivered a value chain training with IFAD investment programmes in Indonesia. A representative from SOLID project participated in the training and eventually shared the experience to the project management. From there, SOLID project invited FoodSTART to conduct value chain training on 28 to 30 August in Bogor, Indonesia.
Budhi Prasetya, staff from CIP-Indonesia attended the training as resource person and facilitator. The objectives of the training were to: a) make the participants understand and realize the importance of value chain in relation to the activities of SOLID project; b) provide examples and experiences of applying value chain in project activities; and c) improve the value chain development plans for each district.
About 35 participants attended the training event and all of them were BKP and agricultural agency staff on the district level. With the participants' clearer understanding of the value chain approach, SOLID project expressed support and participation in the future collaboration with FoodSTART and IFAD country office in Indonesia to further improve the implementation of the project especially on its value chain components.