Greening farms in Indonesia (PROFARM)
August 2015 – July 2018
Aim: Hivos and partners would like to develop a pilot showcasing how duckweed can play a key role in the development of an integrated farming system, which leads to better nutrition for people and animals, reduction of CO2 emissions and more efficient and environmentally friendly production. Duckweed (Lemna) is a protein-rich plant, which has the potential of huge benefits. One hectare of the rapidly growing duckweed produces just as much protein as eight hectares of soya.
Objective: The overall objective of the project PROFARM is to prove that the welfare of Indonesian farmers can be improved by the application of Lemna and biodigestate to enhance profitability of sustainable integrated farming, while a secondary objective is to introduce Lemna as high protein fodder for cattle and fish that serve as nutritious food for cattle, fish and other animals.
Method: Lemna species have been used worldwide in agriculture for quite some time. Based on data from the literature several observations have been made and PROFARM envisages to optimize all these characteristics in an integrated farming system. Thus PROFARM proposes to mitigate waste streams at the farm level whilst introducing new income sources from integrated farming. Food, feed and energy production are integrated in sustainable Lemna – fish – cattle farming in such a way that waste streams are reduced. In this system farmers, but also other sectors, will be less dependent on external resource supply using the cradle to cradle concept. To become successful as an integrated farming system all streams have to be optimized. Concrete activities are subdivided in three steps: assessment, pilot projects, and upscaling.
Dutch policy goals: Increased sustainable agricultural production; and Improved access to better nutrition.