Empowering palm sugar producers for micro-enterprise development: A case study of PKPEK’s support programme
- I. Ibty (2001). Regional Development Dialogue, 265-273
- Abstract: This article reviews the support programme for palm sugar producers which has been implemented since the mid-1990s by the Association for Community Economic Development and Study of Micro Enterprises (hereinafter reffered to by its Bahasa Indonesia acronym as PKPEK), a nongovernmental organization (NGO) based in Yogyakarta. An analysis is made of the constraints and obstacles faced by palm sugar producers. The main thrusts of the support programme are highlighted and the key elements of the strategy adopted for empowering the palm sugar producers are identified. The basic argument put forward in this article is that support programmes for micro-entrepreneurs like palm sugar producers should address not only the weaknesses inherent in them, i.e., poor management, outdated production technology, and a lack of knowledge of marketing, but also the obstacles stemming from government policies. The article stresses the importance of a strategic alliance for empowering palm sugar producers.
- Theme: Policy/support programmes
- Keywords: empowerment, food industry, food production, microenterprise, nongovernmental organization, production system, Indonesia
- Reference type: Journal Article
- Geographic location: Indonesia, Asia, Global South