Ritma Green has provided access to small-scale renewable energy facility particularly for smallholder farmers since 2013 by partnering with The Indonesia Domestic Biogas Programme (www.biru.or.id). Up to now, the social enterprise has constructed around 300 domestic biogas digesters.
Not simply constructing the digesters, it also trains the users on biogas maintenance and its bioproducts (bioslurry) utilization for agricultural purposes. In 2019, Ritma Green later initiated deployment of solar dryer dome – a renewable energy facility to dry agricultural products like coffee and cocoa. Both technologies are promoted for climate change adaptation and mitigation practices in agriculture and energy sectors. The social enterprise is now developing a business model integrating renewable energy and sustainable agriculture which is also to solve two classic problems in small-scale renewable energy deployment – high upfront cost and poor maintenance.
Responding to climate change impacts in the agricultural sector, Ritma Green introduces and facilitates climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies and practices to improve agricultural commodities production, increase communities’ resilience, and decrease greenhouse gases.
Employing social enterpreneurship model, Ritma Green promotes Good Agricultural practices (GAP) and Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA). Bio-slurry, the residue of biogas technology which is also known as brown gold by FAO, can be used as natural fertilizers for any food crops and aquaculture as well as a soil conditioner. It encourages its biogas’ users to apply the bio-slurry at their own farms and to develop bio-slurry related business. One of the assisted bio-slurry businesses is Bio M2 producer which runs foliar fertilizer and compost business. Furthermore, since 2018 the social enterprise has developed a business model for sustainable coffee practices where it promotes climate change adaptation and mitigation technologies and practices like bio-slurry application, climate-tolerant seedlings, agroforestry model, rurak (hole to restore soil nutrients, integrated farming, and solar dryer dome.
Under framework of climate-smart agriculture, Ritma Green is also looking to deploy water-efficient technologies for agricultural purposes, preferably generated by renewable energy like solar irrigation for coffee farming and washing coffee cherry.
Business Development Service (BDS) Provider
Integrated in its business model, Ritma Green is committed to develop its partner Small Medium Enterprise (SME) by functioning as Business Development Service (BDS) Provider to farmer groups, farmer cooperatives, Village-Owned Enterprises (BUMDES), and other community-based businesses. Being member of SEED BDS+ (www.seed.uno) network, it builds the SME business capacity among others on business plan development and business management.