The BRAVO project aims to re-introduce the knowledge of farming to people, especially the young people in Central Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia, in order to preserve cultures and establish local food security. This project stems from the alarming concern about the loss of inter-generational farming knowledge and culture among the young people in Kalimantan, especially for subsistence needs.

Through a series of trainings led by local experts, this project transfers agricultural knowledge to the local community (25 young people) based on local (Dayak) wisdom and scientific knowledge and can be used for both subsistence and commercial purposes.

We have established the Central Kalimantan Young Farmers Community, Komunitas Petani Muda Kalimantan Tengah (KPMKT), as a tangible output from the project. KPMKT is currently working on a demonstration plot in Palangka Raya with a concept of an Education Garden, where community members can come and learn about sustainable farming. The education garden provides a learning and sharing platform for people interested in gardening and farming with environmentally friendly methods. We work closely with Permakultur Kalimantan on this project.

The EmIWShion

The EmIWShion project is a multi-stakeholder partnership between Handep, Australian Government, Bank of Indonesia (Branch Central Kalimantan) and Sustainability Lab at Melbourne (SL@M) that aims to empower indigenous women weavers in Central Kalimantan through eco-fashion products.

In so doing, the project equips our partner communities with a set of skills on innovative designs, micro-finance literacy, and entrepreneurship. We trained 50 women weavers in Gunung Purei sub-district on innovative design, quality control, managing household and micro enterprise. In addition, we also provided rattan split and smoothing machines for more efficient production and help the communities access the market.

This project supports the weavers and farmers to do their work more efficiently and add market value to their products. This directly contributes to improved incomes for the households and/or individuals who rely on rattan weaving as their sources of incomes and livelihoods.

In short, this project aims to contribute to economic and business development for rural communities especially indigenous women, as well as to improve the Dayak weavers’ skills for a more productive society.