BUMDes and Community Empowerment in Delima Village
The Integrated Forestry & Farming System (IFFS) is a program by APP Sinar Mas to support alternative livelihood for the local community in order to reduce the community’s dependence on forest land. The overarching goal is to empower village community to actively participate in sustainable forest management through agroforestry, non-fire use farming practices that couple community prosperity, forest sustainability, and reducing forest fire. Delima village in West Tanjung Jabung regency borders to one of APP Sinar Mas’ pulpwood suppliers, PT. Wirakarya Sakti in Jambi province. It became the beneficiary of the IFFS program due to its close proximity to the concession area, where the activity of the villagers potentially has an impact to the forest in the concession area. The village has a population of around 1,500, has a number of potentials livelihood that can be developed, such as food crops, plantations, fisheries, and livestock.
To improve the economy and food security of village households, mapping village resources in the area and land use patterns, strengthening harmonious relations between companies and rural communities and preventing forest disturbance, and strengthening support for the implementation of the APP Sinar Mas Forest Conservation Policy.
By implementing the program to empower community in the village especially on livelihood program and women empowerment to increase income and contribute to village income that used for village development, BumDes will contribute to SDG goals of no poverty, gender equality and decent work.
The IFFS program in Delima village is carried out through the village-owned enterprise or known locally as BUMDes. Through the IFFS program, the Delima community received counseling, training, mentoring and coaching. Activities that are carried out under this program includes: the business of producing organic fertilizer, catfish farming, as well as small and medium industries (MSME) managed by women's groups. Ms. Zuvita Erdaningsih, Director of BUMDes Delima Village succeeded in encouraging IFFS activities in Delima Village. She is able to build and implement good governance within the BUMDes, which in turn enables the activities to run well and become profitable. The BUMDes now is able to achieve several goals under IFFS, such as improving the economy and food security of village households, mapping village resources in the area and land use patterns, strengthening harmonious relations between companies and rural communities and preventing forest disturbance, and strengthening support for the implementation of the APP Sinar Mas Forest Conservation Policy.
Prior to the IFFS program, Delima village had to generate its own village income (PAD) for development. After the implementation of IFFS, the village obtained its PAD through IFFS programs that are run and managed by BUMDes. As a result, in 2019 BUMDes Delima village has contributed to the Village Government by providing PAD of Rp 145 million; which further increased to reach Rp 188 million by the end of 2020.
BUMDes Delima village still faces various challenges, especially related to the marketing of village final products as well as limited human resources. However, BUMDes Delima village will continue to innovate for various programs that have economic value for communities. One big idea is making the landscape where Delima Village is located in the area that will be an EcoEdu-Tourism area, together with other target IFFS villages in the area. This is expected to increase income to the region by attracting more travelers to visit to learn about organic fertilizer, environmentally friendly agriculture while enjoying the beautiful natural environment it has to offer.
The program initiated by IFFS through BUMDes is very strategic and can be replicated in other villages. As long as there is good governance and capacity within the BUMDes, it has the potential to turn the available capital into programs that are useful and valuable for the community. The Government of Indonesia's policy also very supportive for BUMDes as an important institution in village development context.
As the only one of own village enterprise, during the pandemic BumDes Delima has a strategic role to empower community by maintaining the food security and other community needs by utilizing on local sources.
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