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Kopernik insights:
01 February 2017

Hermetic storage solutions reduce weevil contamination by up to two thirds »

In the eastern part of Indonesia, weevil infestation accounts for a large portion of post-harvest grain losses. The insects are especially harmful for the country’s indigenous crop, sorghum, due to the warm and humid conditions in which this crop thrives.

By Toshi Nakamura

Kopernik in action:
18 January 2017

A new year comes with a new approach to finding what works »

With the New Year comes new year’s resolutions, new beginnings and excitement for what the year ahead may bring. For Kopernik, 2017 is a year full of innovation potential. This year we are throwing ourselves headfirst into a new series of projects that we call ‘experimental’ projects. Why experimental? Because only by testing and experimenting with ideas will we find a solution that works.

By Sarah Wilson

Media coverage:
13 January 2017

Clean-energy innovation is key to sustainable development practices

As the Zayed Future Energy Prize rolls around for another year, we take a moment to reflect on what winning the prize in 2016 has meant for Kopernik. Our Communications Advisor, Anna Northey, writes about the importance of continued efforts to embed clean energy solutions into everything that we do.

Media coverage:
12 January 2017

How to scale your business across Indonesia’s remote islands

Kopernik is something of a hardware startup for basic appliances. It has a range of durable, easy-to-use tools in its inventory: solar lamps, water filters, biomass stoves. It sources them from different suppliers and distributes them in remote villages of Indonesia through a network of resellers who earn a commission for each item they sell. How the social enterprise expands into new territories and introduces traditionally-minded communities to new habits holds valuable lessons for all entrepreneurs.

Kopernik in action:
20 December 2016

Depot Desa officially launches in Adonara »

It was an important day for our team in East Flores, Indonesia. If you were here with us on 1 December, you’d have certainly felt the excitement. After 7 months of intensive preparation, we officially launched our first Depot Desa site on the island of Adonara. Attended by government officials, community members, local farming groups, Kopernik staff and volunteers, our donor - Polish Aid, and Mama Loretha - one of our Wonder Women who is partnering with Kopernik on this initiative - we officially opened the Depot Desa site with a celebration.

By Anna Northey

Kopernik news:
13 December 2016

Huge interest garnered in the agro sector at report launch event »

On Thursday last week, Kopernik and Javara Indigenous Indonesia joined together to co-host an important event in Indonesian agriculture. It marked the launch of Kopernik’s Unmet Needs Report that highlights gaps in post-harvesting processing, calling for better economic outcomes for smallholder farmers across the country.

By Tomohiro Hamakawa

Kopernik in action:
12 December 2016

Ibu Suryati,The Modern Female Hero of Aceh »

Aceh's history records the names of several remarkable female heroes during past struggles and sovereigns. There was Cut Nyak Dien who boldly led an army to fight against the Dutch invaders in 1848-1908; and Keumalahayati or Admiral Malahayati - well-known as the world’s first female admiral - who led Aceh’s warship fleet with a special force of Inong Balee or ‘widows’.

By Alit Ferdian

Kopernik in action:
08 December 2016

The ‘Market Hopper’ from East Sumba »

It’s only three o’clock in the morning, but the day has already begun for Mama Eta — one of Kopernik’s Wonder Women in East Sumba, Indonesia. For Mama Eta, every day begins like this, long before dawn. She wakes up at three, prepares breakfast, packs her things and catches a bus for a two-hour journey to any one of several neighbouring sub-district markets to sell her wares.

By Ina Saptiono

Kopernik insights:
30 November 2016

Backup source of energy necessary for solar drying to ensure high quality product »


This insight and supporting research was developed by Kopernik Fellow and UC Berkeley Master of Public Policy student, Tarunima Prabhakar, together with Kopernik's Strategic Initiatives Team.

By Anna Baranova

Kopernik in action:
24 November 2016

Cashew appetite »

Kopernik’s first Depot Desa is located inside a plantation at Desa Pajinian, West Adonara. At this processing facility there is a solar dryer structure, and a room with cashew processing tools. The ‘kacip’ is a wooden tool with a levered machete and a special notch that is used to open the cashew shell. While the kacip looks quite simple, cashew nuts are quite difficult to extract from the shell without breaking the nut, which reduces its value. The farmers need to learn the right technique to be able to produce whole cashew nut. If you’re not careful, as I experienced on my attempt, you will end up with only one whole cashew out of every five attempts.