WEA Women in Action

Sumilia Sumilia

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Region

Aceh, Indonesia

Affiliations & Roles

Community Developer for Regenerative and Organic Cocoa Projects

Facilitator of the Farmer Field School Method

Environmentalist

Farmer & Farm Community Organizer 

 

Sumila is working to transform Aceh's Cocoa farming practices to create thriving communities and heal the environment. Issues such as pests, diseases and unsustainable farming methods are major issues for cocoa farmers. To solve these problems with cocoa farming, which is also the main source of livelihood for the local communities, Sumilia implements sustainable farming practices and new technologies in grafting and agro-forestry. As an ethno-botanist, she preserves local plants while promoting climate-smart agriculture, builds farm organizations, and contributes to sustainable community development. Sumilia uses the Farmer Field School method, an approach where farmers can communicate with each other easily by practicing and discussing the problems they encounter. As the facilitator, Sumilia’s role is to teach farmers how to apply the techniques they learn on their own farms in order to reduce the amount of chemicals they use and to apply climate-smart agriculture to conserve local fruit trees and maintain biodiversity.

Based on annual monitoring, 50% of farmers who implemented the good farming practices significantly increased their production and the number of pests and diseases decreased, which produced higher quality cacao beans.  

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