Our Southeast Asia programme mainly focuses on palm oil, economically the most important agricultural commodity within the Southeast Asia region. Proforest's Responsible Sourcing and Production programme work in Southeast Asia focuses on small and medium-sized palm oil producers, who make a significant contribution to regional production.
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often operate in scattered areas with inadequate infrastructure and poor access to skills and services to help them move up the value chain. Our Responsible Sourcing and Production Programme work focuses on these producers, who otherwise may not have sufficient resources to make changes towards improving sustainability.
We are also developing our capacity and expertise in rubber, which faces similar sustainability challenges to palm oil.