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Community Development

Making a difference through community engagement

Livelihood

Beyond direct employment, APRIL Group creates various sources of income for community members and offers necessary training and materials to support livelihoods. Our main developmental programmes include:

The Integrated Farming System (IFS)

IFS aims to improve the skills of community farmers in agricultural activities such as horticulture, plantation, animal husbandry, fishery and paddy planting development. APRIL Group provides training, facilitation and ongoing technical support to farmers.

  • IFS initially started within 170 hectares of the village farmland. IFS now covers 2,400 hectares of village farmland
  • 1,618 households have received support for agricultural materials
  • 566 farmers have received training and cultivated 4,845 hectares through our IFS programme and training centres
  • 2 training centres established and managed to deliver technical and practical knowledge to local farmers. One other training centre donated to local district government
Community Fibre Plantations

As part of our continuing engagement with the communities where we operate, APRIL supports outgrower programs in Riau province. In 2019, APRIL provided technical assistance and support to 15 community fiber plantation. Two of these community fiber plantations supplied approximately 2% of the total fiber supply received by the company during 2019. These community-managed plantations are situated on land owned by the Government of Indonesia across three districts within Riau province, where each community has an official land certificate for its plantation. APRIL’s support of these community fiber plantations, which involves the provision of technical support, advice on sustainable plantation management and materials (e.g.: seedlings), and creates economic benefits for communities.

Small & Medium Enterprises (SME)

APRIL Group launched the SME development programme with the objective of providing aspiring entrepreneurs with technical and financial expertise. The SME programme is targeted at businesses that directly support company operations, as well as businesses not related to APRIL Group.

  • APRIL Group has employed and supported 189 entrepreneurs to provide services to directly support its operations.
  • Created more than 1,600 consequential jobs.

APRIL Group also provided vocational training in trades such as tailoring, hair styling, baking, bee keeping and honey production, carpentry and automotive repairs.