The Wild Asia Group Scheme (WAGS) model was first piloted with Keresa Plantations and Mill. In 2010, Wild Asia worked with Keresa Plantations & Mill to demonstrate a model to support their independent small farmers. We provided the technical inputs: developed the management system, conducted risk assessments, documentation support and training of the small farmers. For Keresa, small farmers only make up less than 2% of their supply base but the company feels that the investments into the community was a meaningful way of contributing to the society. The model developed with Keresa became the prototype for WAGS which is now being applied to other CPO mills that are interested to foster a mutually beneficial relationship with its small farmers.
Scheme in Numbers
The table below indicates the total number of small farmers targeted to be certified and our progress to date.
|Item||Projected Target||2014 (Current)||2015 Progress (Estimate)||2016 Progress (Estimate)|
|No. of members in group||100||54||60||80|
|No. of certified members||100||54||60||80|
|Projected hectarage of certified members||600||357||400||500|
|Total annual FFB (mt)||6,000||1,776||4,000||5,000|
|Total annual CPOeq (mt)||1,287||381||858||1,073|
|Total annual PKeq (mt)||294||87||196||245|
|Total annual PKOeq (mt)||132||39||88||110|
|*These figures are based on a projected calculation.|