Partnership for Indonesias Sustainable Agriculture (PISAgro)

Posted in Coordination of value chains, Multiple crops, One Country, Productivity.


General Information

Crop: Multiple crops (cocoa, coffee, corn, diary, horticulture, beef cattle, palm oil, potato, rice, rubber, and soybean)

Geographic scope: Indonesia

Initiated in 2011

PISAgro was established to support Indonesian governments in addressing national food security through increasing agricultural production in a sustainable way, while improving livelihoods of smallholders. The platform focuses on the sustainable production of cocoa, coffee, corn, diary, horticulture, beef cattle, palm oil, potato, rice, rubber, and soybean.

International multinationals, especially in the food and agricultural products sector (such as Monsanto), with government representatives such as the Indonesian Government and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. International donors and agencies, such as the World Economic Forum, International Finance Corporation, Mercy Corps Indonesia, and Swiss Contact. Finally, civil society and NGO members include the Sustainable Trade Initiative, UTZ, and Vasham.



To address national food security

PISAgro was initiated by the Indonesian Government and supported by seven private sector companies1 (known as the founders) to form a public–private partnership platform. The platform was announced during the World Economic Forum in East Asia in 2011. The platform intends to support local government to change the way food is produced, distributed, and consumed through more sustainable practices. Thus, the platform intends to create an environment for collaboration among various stakeholders in the Indonesian agriculture sector.


Intentions and aspiration

To increase agricultural production in a sustainable manner and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers

The platform aims to ensure global food security and environmental sustainability via a market-based approach, and targets those stakeholders in the Indonesian agricultural value chain. It works through working groups established around Indonesias ten priority commodities, supporting value chain development by assessing and launching pilot activities that range from management training to access to finance and market. There is also a working group on agrifinance to implement financial tools and risk-sharing approaches across the value chain.


Arrangements and capacitities

The platform is governed through three bodies (a founders committee, advisors, and the board), whose roles range from overseeing PISAgros management from year to year, to ensuring dialogue is open among its members and providing guidance and support to the working groups. The secretariat supports the board and enables the sharing of information on best practices. Each working group has a leader and a steering committee to ensure that the platform works towards its objectives and adheres to its principles. There are quarterly reports on progress to the secretariat, as well as key recommendations for national and local government bodies, once a year.


Activities and outputs

The platform facilitates collaboration between stakeholders in the Indonesian agricultural sector. In particular, it facilitates dialogue exchange, mobilization commitments, and new partnerships that utilize the strengths of each stakeholder. Moreover, the platform holds general meetings, though it is unclear how regularly.


Monitoring and evaluation

The approach to M&E has not been clearly identified, but it has been stated that the discussion of M&E between multiple stakeholders allows for exploration of how to positively scale up the impacts on smallholder farmers to PISAgro and other Grow Asia partnership platforms.


Posted in Coordination of value chains, Multiple crops, One Country, Productivity.