The New 'Face' of LONTAR

The New 'Face' of LONTAR

22/12/2016

Dear VECO colleagues, partners, donors, supporter and friends around the globe, thank you so much for being patient, waiting for this issue of Lontar to come out.

Things have changed so much this year. The position of communication was vacant for half a year, delaying production of many much-needed communication materials, including Lontar. A new Regional Director, Mr. Dominique Vanderhaeghen, have been appointed since last September. The regional office has also moved to a new address. Most importantly, Vredeseilanden/VECO as a whole organisation is also undergoing renovation. So much to do! But we are happy to finally present the new ‘face’ of Lontar, which hopefully gives a little hint of where we are heading in the future. Farmers are still very much in the heart of everything we do, but we are taking the farmers into a new direction.

An innovative breakthrough cooperation model in Kerinci is the main theme in this issue. VECO Indonesia’s cinnamon farmer organisation partner in Kerinci, TAKTIK, and their long-time buyer PT Agripro Tridaya Nusantara (ATN) have recently made a major breakthrough by establishing a 5-year joint operation. For the complete article and other inspiring coverage, stories and insights, please download the PDF version below or simply read online.