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Alongside Cargill and Nestlé, Rurality is supporting palm oil smallholders in Biopalma's supply chain in the Northeast region of Pará.

Alongside Cargill and Nestlé, Rurality is supporting palm oil smallholders in Biopalma's supply chain in the Northeast region of Pará.

Rurality project in Northeast Pará

Rurality has been working with Earthworm Foundation members Cargill, Nestlé and their palm oil supplier Biopalma in the Northeast region of Pará since January 2018.

Some 675 farmers who supply Biopalma's mills are distributed across the municipalities of Bujaru, Tailândia, São Domingos do Capim, Moju, Acará, Tomé-Açu and Concordia. At this stage, the Rurality programme, together with Biopalma technicians, interviewed several farmers from the three regions of origin, validating the existing premises in order to identify improvement and transformation actions with the aim of increasing productivity and providing a better quality of life for Biopalma's partner farmers.

Key activities

Interviewing farmers
Rurality has interviewed farmers in Biopalma’s supply chain to understand their situation, farming systems, management practices and the social and environmental changes they face to identify opportunities for transformation.

Mapping plantations
Rurality is using GPS data to map out all farmers’ plantations in Biopalma’s supply chain to help plan and develop better logistics routes for their Fresh Fruit Bunches and other products.

Market analysis
Rurality is conducting a market analysis to identify livelihoods for farmers. Local and regional markets, as well as government agencies, were visited to identify potential opportunities. Fruit, black pepper and manioc flour have so far been identified as key products cultivated by palm oil farmers.

Stakeholder engagement
Rurality has identified and engaged with stakeholders who will play an important role in the transformation process. Stakeholders engaged so far include black pepper traders and exporters, local and state government bodies, private companies, NGOs, rural unions and the Rural Technical Agency.

Development of an action plan
Alongside key stakeholders, Rurality developed an action plan for assisting farmers in Northeast Pará. This includes action to be taken to improve yields, alternative livelihoods and connections with other stakeholders.


73 farmers interviewed
675 plantations targeted for mapping
16 local and regional stakeholders engaged so far

Collaborating members

Members make far-reaching commitments to respect people and nature in their supply chains. They work with us on an ongoing journey of improvement and innovation.

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