Smallholder guidance

THE SMALLHOLDER TASKFORCE

The RSPO Task Force on Smallholders was formed by a Resolution of the RSPO’s General Assembly in Jakarta 2005:

• to develop an adjusted RSPO standard suited to smallholders; and
• to ensure that smallholders were directly represented in RSPO processes.

The Task Force has the mandate to ‘ascertain the suitability of the RSPO Principles & Criteria for smallholders and make proposals on how best these can be adjusted, nationally and/or generically, to ensure favourable smallholder involvement in SPO production’.

SHEME SMALLHOLDERS versus INDEPENDENT SMALLHOLDERS

The certification protocol of the RSPO states that the unit of verification is ‘the mill and its supply base’.
This implies a distinction between:

1) 'scheme' smallholders

and

2) ‘independent’ smallholders.

The protocol requires that mills ensure that all scheme smallholders supplying the mill are brought into compliance with the RSPO standard within 3 years of the mill and its nucleus estate being certified.

GUIDANCE FOR SCHEME SMALLHOLDERS
Unfortunately there have been delays in developing the Group Certification Protocol for independent smallholders and in carrying out the much needed trial audits. Yet demand for the guidance on smallholders has been growing as mills and nucleus estates have begun to be certified and mills wish to bring their smallholders into the RSPO process. Scheme smallholders have also expressed keenness to move ahead, as they are eager for the improved relationship with mills that are required by the RSPO standard.

So, in order to avoid yet further delay, the RSPO Executive Board decided in March 2009, that the Task Force should, as a matter of urgency, finalise the guidance at least for scheme smallholders, while making provisions for the later inclusion of additional guidance for independent smallholders and for adjustments to the texts to accommodate the lessons learned from trial audits.

Please find here the guidance for SCHEME SMALLHOLDERS:

                                   NI-Guidance-for-Scheme-Smallholders-2July2009-English.pdf
 

The text does not include new indicators as the existing indicators of the main standard have yet to be field tested for smallholders. 

GUIDANCE FOR INDEPENDENT SMALLHOLDERS
The RSPO Executive Board has approved the following documents related to the Group Certification Protocol for the certification of Independent Smallholders: 

RSPO Standard for Group Certification - August2010.pdf

RSPO Accreditation and Certifcation Requirements for Groups - August2010.pdf

The RSPO Executive Board has approved the generic guidance for Independent Smallholders: 
 

Generic Guidance for Independent Smallholders under Group Certification final.pdf

 

FIRST SMALLHOLDER MEETING: 11 MAY 2010 

The first smallholder meeting was held on the 11th of May 2010 at the Centre for African Wetlands Buildings, University of Ghana, Accra. The meeting focused on the development of a National Interpretation for the Guidance for SCHEME smallholders. The minutes of the meeting can be found here:

                                 Minutes SH meeting 1 on 11 may_2010.pdf

SECOND SMALLHOLDER MEETING: 17 AUGUST 2010

The second smallholder meeting was held on the 17th of August 2010 at the Centre for African Wetlands Buildings, University of Ghana, Accra. The meeting focused on the development of a National Interpretation for the Guidance for SCHEME and INDEPENDENT smallholders.

The minutes of the meeting can be found here:

                                  Minutes SH meeting 2 on 17 August 2010.pdf

The current version of the Ghana NI of Scheme and Independent Smallholders can be found in Annex 3 and 4 of those minutes.

THIRD SMALLHOLDER MEETING: 31 AUGUST 2010

The third smallholder meeting was held on the 31st of August 2010 at the Centre for African Wetlands Buildings, University of Ghana, Accra. The meeting focused on the development of a National Interpretation for the Guidance INDEPENDENT smallholders.

The minutes of the meeting can be found here:

                               Minutes SH meeting 3 on 31 August 2010.pdf

The current version of the Ghana NI of Scheme and Independent Smallholders can be found in Annex 3 and 4 of those minutes.

 

The final outcome of the National Interpretation of the generic guidance for scheme and independent smallholders can be found on the Ghana NI document of November 2010.