This program aims to qualify 5,000 nutmeg farmers from Galela and Patani, North Moluccas, in producing organic nutmeg. Indonesia has everything it takes to serve the huge nutmeg demand worldwide. Besides, over 50% of the population of North Moluccas is involved in the nutmeg production. Due to this high demand, the international market provides farmers with a good opportunity to improve their livelihoods. However, they should meet the market requirements of spices that are free of mold toxins.
In North Moluccas, the 2nd biggest nutmeg area in the world, over 50% of the population is involved in traditional nutmeg production. The high demand of nutmeg in the international market provides an opportunity for farmers to improve their livelihoods if they comply with market requirements of premium quality and organic nutmeg. Unfortunately, the quality of nutmeg in the region has been deteriorating over the years due to high levels of aflatoxin.
In partnership with various public and private organisations, ICCO South East Asia aims to spice up the North Moluccan organic and aflatoxin free nutmeg sector by developing farmers’ capacities in organic nutmeg production and including them in the (international) value chain. After 1 year, the program has already reached 3,000 farmers and increased their income by 80%. This project has become the new inspiration for working with non-grant mechanism in the near future.