Fire is a major environmental, economic and humanitarian problem in Indoensia. Unfortunately, the use of fire by communities on the ground is still happening regardless of government “zero burn” programmes and campaigns at national and sub-national levels. The use of fire happens not because of a lack of understanding regarding the danger of fire and haze for the environment and the people, but since it is cheaper to use fire when preparing lands for cultivation. A main challenge is, therefore, to introduce fire-free alternatives to prepare land for agriculture, while acknowledging that local communities lack the resources, knowledge and technology on potential alternatives for farming without burning. This program addresses that challenge.
In this program we aim to achieve the long-term goal of changing the behaviour of communities not to use fire in agriculture farming and stakeholders are conformed to the forest and peat restoration agenda without losing agriculture production and income.