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The official unveiling of RSPO’s Smallholder Trainer Academy (STA) took place at the 17th Annual Roundtable Conference (RT17) in Bangkok last month, with RSPO CEO, Datuk Darrel Webber and the Global Palm Oil Sustainability Leader of Procter and Gamble (P&G), Girish Deshpande launching the training programme. However for many eager participants, STA training actually commenced a few months ago in key areas such as Ghana, Indonesia, and Latin America.
The Academy adopts a unique ‘Train-the-Trainer’ approach, which aims to build a pool of ‘Master Trainers’ across sectors and organisations that will then grow to become a global community of trainers to reach larger numbers of small scale oil palm farmers through agricultural best practice training. In the past five months, a total of 73 Master Trainers have already been trained across these three countries.
STA in Latin America
RSPO’s Latin America Director, Francisco Naranjo said, “We congratulate our new Master Trainers in Latin America and we hope that through the construction of this new platform, the capacity and scope of work with smallholders in our region will be strengthened, as well as their inclusion towards a process of improving their sustainability practices and their livelihoods.”
Master Trainers in Indonesia have their say
One of the participants from a training in Indonesia, Harris Silalahi of De Guru Consulting, said "I am amazed by this training. First, I thought this was only about training and training methodology but they challenged us to think beyond that and taught us powerful new methods of how to engage smallholders and other learners much more. And now you challenged us to think about the way we organise our smallholder programmes as well. To work together, to up our game for smallholders' sustainable livelihoods."
Discover more about RSPO’s Smallholder Trainer Academy through this short video. To learn about how you can become an academy partner, visit sta.rspo.org.