P. Sarijo

Ashoka Fellow
Boyolali, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
Fellow Since 1998

Citation

This profile was prepared when P. Sarijo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
The New Idea
Sarijo has developed a crop production and marketing scheme that challenges government policy in practical terms. After years of experimentation, Sarijo has refined and proven effective new strategies in organic farming. His scheme uses traditional varieties of rice and natural, low cost fertilizers. His methods are sustainable due to their economic viability, their ecological friendliness and the degree of empowerment the farmers achieve by regaining control of production methods. In addition, he is fostering independence of farmers who now have an alternative to the government policy that requires expensive inputs and mandates produce to be placed in a fixed price market yielding low profits.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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