Project Brief

East Indonesia Innovative Farming Systems and Capability for Agribusiness Activity (IFSCA)

 

Implemented by Massey University and University of Mataram, this project has an expected timeframe of 4 years (January 2016 – January 2020).

Massey University is ranked 30th in the world for its agricultural programme and offers agriculture-related training and qualifications at the diploma, undergraduate, post graduate and continuing education levels. Specific expertise is in agribusiness, agricultural economics, applied agricultural research, food security and extension services and technology transfer.

The University of Mataram (Unram) is the most significant science and education provider in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB). Unram has faculties of agriculture, animal science (which includes veterinary science) and food technology, and a vision to be an internationally competitive research university by 2025. Unram staff perform a community service role in providing extension to farmers and other value-chain actors.

 

The project has 2 main locations:

  • North Lombok, with 2 districts – Kayangan and Pemenang

  • Dompu, with 4 sub-districts, 5 villages, & 5 farmer groups as follows:

Sub-District Village Farmer Groups
a. Woja Simpasai Mada Lemba
b. Pajo Woko Kampus Tani
c. Manggelewa Kampasimeci Tekad Makmur
Soriutu Selaja Mbaru
d. Kempo Tolokalo Tani Bersama

The intended goal of this project is for Innovation and capability to be used to create economic opportunities from sustainable farming in marginalised areas of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB). For a visual guide on Goals and Outcomes, please refer to this diagram.

Key activities for this Project are:

  • Setting up agribusiness innovation centres in two locations in East Indonesia. These centers will provide market information and training to farmers and will be linked to local agriculture extension offices and the University of Mataram.

     

  • Agribusiness enterprise pilots. Two key agribusiness ventures will be set up working with the private sector:

    • North Lombok: One will be a potential pack-house to aggregate local fresh vegetables (tomatoes and chillies) to be supplied into hotels and restaurants

    • Dompu: the other will be a select number of beef cattle drylot systems where producers aggregate cattle in an intensive fattening system.

       

  • Tools and technology for sustainable agriculture practice. Training will include information and communication technology (ICT); introduction of improved tools for product quality; sustainable nutrient and water management; animal and crop husbandry; and business management.

     

  • Extension Programme. Massey University will work with the University of Mataram and other local partners to develop an extension programme in project locations. This will include new mechanisms for providing extension and training to producers.

     

Expected Achievments for this project are:

  • More effective communication across the value chain

  • Improved production quality standards and data recording

  • Better farming practices

  • Farmers become more business focused and are more engaged along the value chain

  • Farmers are more productive and profitable

  • Farmers respond to market signals and integrate more with the value chain