Indonesia’s goal of achieving food self-sufficiency, especially for rice, might be in doubt as the country converts agricultural land into coal mining sites, a recent study found. The report, launched in May by the environment NGOs Waterkeeper Alliance and the Mining Advocacy Network (JATAM), examines the impacts of coal concessions on Indonesia’s rice production at a time when the country is already likely to suffer reduced yields due to climate change. The study concluded that… Read more.
JAKARTA – Indonesia has made significant improvements in food security in the last decade, according to a new Food Security and Vulnerability Atlas published by the government and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Food security has improved in most of Indonesia’s 398 rural districts, according to the 2015 Atlas, launched today in Jakarta by Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla and Ertharin Cousin, WFP’s Executive Director. The Atlas says that 15… Read more.
For a Muslim, choosing “Halal” foods and drinks is a must. The word “Halal” literally means permissible and in translation, it is usually used as lawful. With today’s manufacturing and food production, it is hard to know what goes in the food we eat. Food labeling helps, but not everything is listed, and what is listed is often a mystery. One of which, Indonesian regulations explain that allowable alcohol contents for fermented beverages (naturally exist)… Read more.
Tacca plant or known by the scientific name of Tacca chantrieri was a rare ornamental plant which had the potential as an anti-cancer drug. Tacca was widely used as a traditional medicine in the tropical Asian countries. Chinese and Thailand communities had long used their Rizhoma as the traditional medicine. The contents of the chantriolida, the evelynin, and the taccalonolida which could be used in the cancer cure therapy, because it was toxic to the cancer cells. The flower of… Read more.
The swampy land areas of South Sumatera, Palembang are poised to become the next rice granary in Indonesia. Recently, to step up the region’s agricultural productivity, local extension professionals, farmers, and students were trained on the use of laser-assisted land leveling and tractor driving in Palembang. Marto Suwarno, local owner of a 3-hectare rice-corn farm and leader of Gabungan Kelompok Tani (Association of Farmers’ Group) in Mulya Sari village, pointed out a problem… Read more.
Who do not know corn? Food sources that has been targeted to be one of the government's commodities to achieve food self-sufficiency in Indonesia. The national program which has been implemented since 2016 is focused on rice and corn commodities through Upaya Khusus Tanaman Pangan Padi, Jagung dan Kedelai (Upsus Pajale = Special Efforts in Food Crops Improvement for Rice, Corn and Soybean (Upsus Pajale). Inspired by the government program, a group of students of Agronomy and… Read more.
Rice for the Poor programme, or now known as Welfare Rice, has been implemented by government since 1998. But currently, the government has replaced it with non-cash food aid. Responding to this issue, Department of Social Economic Agriculture of Faculty of Agriculture UGM holds a discussion themed Welfare Rice Policy and Farmer’s Welfare on Tuesday (6/6) at Gadjah Mada University Club. Resource persons attending the event are Prof. Dr. Drs. M. Husein Sawit (Agriculture… Read more.
A waste product from tuna production is the source of fish oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids that has not been widely utilized currently. A group of students for Program Kreativitas Mahasiswa bidang Penelitian (PKM-P Student Creativity Program for Research), consisted of Hafizh Abdul Aziz and other four colleagues of Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) conducted the study on the utilization of the waste of tuna mata (Thunnus obesus) production for fish oil. The objectives of… Read more.
Jakarta, Indonesia – During her visit to Indonesia, Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Kundhavi Kadiresan, met today with the Minister of Agriculture, Amran Sulaiman, in order to exchange views on the growing collaboration between FAO and the Government of Indonesia. Kadiresan learned about Indonesia’s efforts in reaching rice self-sufficiency in 2016 through the national UPSUS Program and extended FAO’s appreciation for… Read more.
Jakarta. President Joko Widodo says he is optimistic Indonesia will reach self-sufficiency in food production in the next four years as the country has the resources to do so. “The more I learn of the field conditions of our country, the more I’m convinced that in the next four or five years, we’ll be able to achieve the so-called food self-sufficiency, food security and food sovereignty,” Joko said in his opening speech for the Jakarta Food Security Summit 2015 at… Read more.