Pepper is a smallholder estate crop and a labour intensive commodity tha t is mainly cultivated in Lampung for black pepper, and Bangka Belitung for white pepper. It is also cultivated in Sulawesi, Java, and other areas in Sumatra.
In the past, Indonesia was the leading producer and exporter of black and white pepper in the world; however, in recent years, Indonesia has lost its leading position to Vietnam. Many factors have contributed to the decline in production. For example, instability of price, climate change, and pepper farmer's lack of knowledge on Good Agricultural Practices, resulting in low productivity, plant diseases, lack of quality seeds, and difficulties with water supply. Educating pepper farmers on these issues is crucial to ensure farmers are able to gain sustainable income from pepper farming.
Four information services will be provided via Mobile Apps. These service include:
SpiceUp will target two groups: pepper farmers and business-to-business (B2B) clients, and focus in three locations in Lampung, Bangka Belitung, and Kalimantan. Of the reported 218.000 pepper farmers in these locations, SpiceUp aims to reach 100.000 farmers to become SpiceUp information service subscribers within three years.
Verstegen Spices & Sauces BV
Verstegen is the lead organization in SpiceUp. Verstegen will guide the consortium's work and will be the eventual business owner when the project ends
ICCO support project implementation in-country and will lead the consortium in the project monitoring and evaluation
VanderSat will provide high-resolution satellite imagery and satellite data processing technology. They will work with IPB to provide accurate weather information and soil moisture data analysis
Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB)
IPB will provide soil nutrient maps and together with VanderSat, they will provide accurate weather information
The Akvo-FLOW tool support the consortium in the field data collection from farmers, as well as monitoring and evaluation
Nelen & Schuurmans (N&S)
N&S guide the consortium in providing functionality to collect data from several sources and the translation of the data into new useful information for mobile App
Balittro will provide trainers for GAP trainings and provide guidance for developing GAP in pepper farming
PT. Cinquer Agro Nusantara
PT. CAN will lead the farmer training program in GAP and set up demo plots and farms. PT. CAN have representatives in all project areas ensuring good cooperation with farmers