WAGS Current Status
Since the establishment of WAGS in 2011, we have progressed to include 3 more Producer Groups (PG) which are currently in progress towards certification. Our projected inputs in 2013 are as follows.
|Location of PG||No of Members||FFB (mt)||CPO (mt)|
|Air Kuning, Perak||50||8,232||1,622|
|*Last updated 14th January 2013|
The Organisation of WAGS
WAGS provides a centralized management system, local coordination, and technical assistance and training to support small producer groups on the path towards greater sustainability and certification. The main WAGS Organisation is outlined below:
- The WAGS Group Scheme Manager will be responsible for overseeing the management, reporting and compliance of all Producer Groups under the scheme. It is the Manager’s responsibility to ensure effective execution of the WAGS Internal Control System and the development of a supporting WAGS Management System.
- WAGS Field Coordinators will support the Group Scheme Manager and will be based on the project sites (Peninsular and Sabah) will be responsible for data collection, field coordination and liaison with farmers and local partners. They will also be responsible for supervising all relevant Producer Groups and any WAGS assistance provided to these Producer Groups.
- A Producer Group Steering Committee will consist of the Field Coordinators, a Producer Group Representative and a Partner Host. The Steering Committee will be involved largely in the management and operation of the Producer Groups on the ground.
- The Producer Group Steering Committee will be assisted by field assistants employed by Wild Asia and Technical Support consisting of consultants or Wild Asia staff who will provide specific technical inputs such as training, agronomic support or baseline assessments.
- A Producer Group Committee will be established for each Producer Group to assist Wild Asia in overseeing the running of the Producer Group and acts as a link between the Field Coordinators and the Producer Group. They will also act as the authority figure on the ground and will eventually be trained to gain knowledge, experience and tools required to maintain the Producer Groups when Wild Asia is no longer involved.
- A Producer Group Representative will be elected to represent the various Producer Groups and will sit in the Steering Committee.
WAGS Technical Guidelines
As part of our commitment to provide technical support to small farmers, WAGS Management is guided and governed by guidelines that are compliant with international standards. Small farmers managed by WAGS will be trained on the following topics.
- WAGS Guidelines on Public Documentation
- WAGS Guidelines on Best Management
- WAGS Social Guidelines for Small Farmers
- WAGS Guidelines for Plantings on Peat
- WAGS Guidelines for Legal Requirements for Small Farms & Legal List
- WAGS Guidelines for New Plantings
- WAGS Guidelines for Health and Safety
- WAGS Environment Guidelines
- WAGS Guidelines on RTE and HCV
- WAGS Guidelines on consultation and communications
Our Wild Asia Group Scheme has been receiving more media coverage of late, particularly after our smallholder group in Beluran, Sabah got RSPO certified in September 2013. Listed below are some of the key articles featuring WAGS:
- Dec: RSPO: RSPO Certification – WAGS Smallholder StoriesNov: The Edge: Sustainable Palm Oil To be New Benchmark
- Oct: MPOB: Progress towards RSPO Certification: WAGS MPOB SPOC Beluran
- June: The Star: Cargill to help independent oil palm smallholders meet RSPO standards
Contact us if you would like to learn more about our training and technical guidelines.