Go to top of page

Primary tabs

Evaluating options for further development of mango value chains in Java and Bali

This SRA will document how area-wide management of fruit flies in mango improved growers' livelihoods. Indonesia is the sixth biggest mango producer in the world, contributing 4.1% of global production. Small family-owned farms produce most mango, so improving production can increase the incomes of the poor - but the mango industry suffers from poor quality management on farms and infestation by fruit flies.
This project builds on project HORT/2008/041 'Area-wide management of pest fruit flies in an Indonesian mango production system', which between 2010 and 2015 suppressed and maintained fruit flies in trial areas in Indramayu, West Java. That project's primary aim was to evaluate the area-wide management concept in a new environment, so did not quantify or document improvements along the value chain.
The SRA will also strengthen the planning of a new fruit fly project, HORT/2015/042 'Development of area-wide management approaches for fruit flies in mango for Indonesia, Australia and the Asia-Pacific region'. The SRA will investigate whether establishing new traditional markets or direct marketing by farmer groups could improve Javanese mango growing. It will study the status of women within farmer groups and, if needed, propose recommendations to more effectively engage women. It will hold a stakeholder workshop in Bali to develop consensus on more detailed research questions and methodology to guide the new proposal. Buleleng, the target area foreseen for the new research, is thought to have a stronger orientation to high-value markets than Indramayu, so should provide even stronger incentives for the adoption of AWM approaches; the SRA will confirm and refine this by identifying specific market chains where smallholders can sell high-quality fruit.