Programmes between MPOB and two Dutch NGOs extended for another five years - Fadillah

01 Nov 2023 04:05pm
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof - BERNAMA FILE PIX
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof - BERNAMA FILE PIX

BANGI - The Netherlands has agreed to extend the programmes signed under the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and two Dutch non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for another five years.

The MOU, signed in 2020, aims to accelerate Malaysia's aims in relation to sustainable palm oil production.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said the Netherlands is the largest importer of palm oil among European countries and is also one of the countries that has supported Malaysia in issues related to palm oil over the years.

"They (the Dutch) have established NGOs that help small farmers such as IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative, an organisation in the Netherlands that promotes trade," he told reporters today.

He said this after discussions with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in conjunction with the Prime Minister's two-day working visit to Malaysia that ended today.

According to Fadillah, through the MOU that was signed between MPOB and IDH titled 'Sustainable Climate Smart Palm Oil Production by Smallholders in Malaysia', a programme to raise awareness on how to implement good agriculture practices will be implemented.

"The discussion this morning was about how these programmes are to be extended and they have agreed to extend the programmes for another five years. They (NGOs) will be given funds to continue supporting these programmes," he said.

In addition to IDH, MPOB has also signed an MOU with an international network organisation that promotes capacity building - Solidaridad Network Asia Ltd - titled 'National Initiative for Sustainable and Climate Smart Oil Palm Smallholders’ (NI-SCOPS).

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IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative and Solidaridad are implementing partners on behalf of the Netherlands for the NI-SCOPS Programme collaboration.

According to MPOB, the project funded by the implementing partner will provide assistance to smallholders in Malaysia and improve the smallholder sustainable certification scheme through better sustainable practices.

"The scope of work under this MOU will contribute to the sustainable development of the Malaysian palm oil industry, especially in ensuring the readiness of small oil palm farmers to adopt the MSPO certification scheme through the landscape approach.

"It will strengthen cooperation and strategic partnership between Malaysia and the Netherlands in sustainability initiatives, especially for the palm oil industry as well as addressing climate change," MPOB said. - BERNAMA