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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 »

A KOPERNIK INSIGHT

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.

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Kopernik in action:
20 November 2016

Inspiring Wonder Women through a learning trip »

Since 2011, Kopernik has been working with women across Indonesia to economically empower them through our Wonder Women program. The women receive three levels of training covering topics such as financial management, bookkeeping, and marketing in order to equip them with the necessary skills to sell clean energy technologies within their communities.

By Ina Saptiono

Kopernik news:
16 November 2016
Plan international

Kopernik and Plan International partner for a new economic empowerment project for young people »

Kopernik is proud to announce a new project in partnership with Plan International. The Youth Change Agent project will provide 60 young men and women from East Nusa Tenggara with skills and knowledge to launch their own small-scale enterprises. Training offered to the participants of the project will cover a range of business-related skills such as leadership, confidence building, communications, conflict management, and financial management.

By Feby Ramadhani

Kopernik news:
15 November 2016

Kopernik and Javara co-host an upcoming event on Indonesian farming »

On 8 December this year, Kopernik will co-host an event with argo social enterprise Javara Indigenous Indonesia. The event will highlight opportunities for innovation and collaboration in smallholder farming across Indonesia based on recent research by our strategic initiatives team.

By Anna Northey

Kopernik insights:
03 November 2016
Stove stacking

Do CO2 emissions savings calculations reflect reality? »

A KOPERNIK INSIGHT

In the age of growing climate change concerns, CO2 emission reductions gained from the use of improved biomass stoves have become a hot topic. Many organisations are keen to measure reductions to better understand the impact of their stove distribution programs and to potentially convert them to valuable carbon credits.

By Lana Kristanto