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Orange talk : Transforming Indonesia’s Food System to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs)

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Indonesia has been facing a challenge to feed its 290 million population by 2030. Increasing productivity of food production is a must to meet the challenge. At the same time, the current food production practices have created detrimental environmental impacts that exacerbate climate change, negatively affect the socio-cultural conditions of local communities. In the human development context, the country faces challenges in reducing stunting and non-communicable diseases due to unhealthy diets.

Moreover, high poverty experienced in rural areas where food is mostly produced has been aggravated due to the inequality in the food value chain. Although coping strategies have been included in the national mid-term development planning (RPJMN) document, the implementation and to find effective approaches in tackling the problems, such as achieving zero hunger, reducing inequality and eradicating poverty has been challenging.

Building a more sustainable food system is what needs to be done. Food system is a complex concept which comprises interrelated actors and activities of production, distribution, and consumption of food. However, the term food system itself has yet to be mainstreamed in Indonesia. Stakeholders that are concerned with sustainable food issues are inclined to use the food system term in their narratives, including the Indonesian government. 

The Indonesian government through the Ministry of Development Planning (BAPPENAS) has already started to apply the food system term in the national strategic development agenda. As the leading implementing actor of the national SDGs, BAPPENAS views food system as important to achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Indonesia. The challenge is not only in the conception, planning and implementation level but also how to bring diverse actors working together and creatively promote innovative action in transforming the food system into a more sustainable one. So “What are the possible ways and effective strategies in transforming the food system in Indonesia?'

Holland Alumni Network Indonesia presented the first series of Orange Talk on Food and Agriculture to address the said issues,  themed: Orange talk : Transforming Indonesia’s Food System to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The objective and expected outcome of the program was:

  • To get an overview of the Indonesian government agenda in food system transformation and its connection to the sustainable development goals agenda.
  • To discuss potential effective strategies to develop a sustainable food system by learning from stakeholder initiatives
  • To increase awareness and involvement of the youth (researcher, practitioner, and food enthusiast) and act upon sustainable food issues, so as to accelerate the SDGs achievement in Indonesia. 

  • If you are interested in this topic, feel free to watch the full video here:

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