Zariu & Nor Pushing Forward

Zariu and Nor, husband-wife team, have been with the OA Organik farm at Kg Ulu Gumum right from the beginning – December 2015. They are the new generation of Orang Asli with determination and vision to take on the challenges of globalisation and the market economy. In February 2020, Zariu and Nor invested a huge […]

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48 Farmers and Growing!

Currently, there are 48 Orang Asli (OA) farmers at the OA Organik farm, an increase from 36 farmers (at the end of 2019). And the number is growing! In the past, each household earned an average total income of RM500 per month from combined income sources of rubber-tapping, palm oil/forest produce collection, or contract work. […]

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Maturing Leadership

Leadership training is conducted regularly for the Orang Asli farmers at Kg Ulu Gumum to empower them to be self-sustaining and to conserve their environment. We now witness maturing leadership amongst the Orang Asli since the OA Organics farm first started in December 2015. This is seen in the way they handle disagreement and navigate […]

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OA Leading the Way

We see growing leadership amongst the orang asli farmers at Kg Ulu Gumum. Not only are they sharing their vision with the larger OA community – with Kg Melai, specifically – they are also mentoring those who wish to replicate the current farm model. In May 2019 when Zariu and Nor were invited by the […]

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“The Guardians”

The Orang Asli are the natural guardians of the forest. They have a beautiful culture of partnership between people and the forest, nurturing and protecting the forest, and taking from it only what they need daily. But modernisation – irresponsible logging and the imposition of the market economy – has threatened the Orang Asli’s livelihoods, […]

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Replicating …!

Two indicators of genuine transformation are ownership and self-development. We see these, not just in the Orang Asli farmers at Kg Ulu Gumum where the OA Organics eco-farm project is, but a group of Orang Asli at Kg Melai. At Kg Ulu Gumum, there are now 32 farmers!  The success of the 2-acre land started […]

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United Nations Showcase!

The Orang Asli farmers of Kg Ulu Gumum will be showcased in an exhibition in New York! The eco-farm has been selected to represent Asia at the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues (22 April – 3 May 2019). The Forum, established in 2000, is mandated to deal with indigenous issues related to the […]

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