Indonesia moving towards a healthier, more balanced and more sustainable food system

Over the past two years, Indonesians have worked together to try and imagine a more desirable food and land use process for our country. A few people have worked together to make a difference.

The Food and Land use Coalition, which has similar national platforms in the United Kingdom, the Scandinavian countries, Australia, Colombia, Ethiopia, China, and India, has joined us as the Indonesian platform of a Global initiative.

During the time, we collaborated with one another and with colleagues in other countries to see how the system of food and land use for Indonesia and for the world could look healthier, and more sustainable.

We addressed these issues in Indonesia with more than 100 experts — ministers, leaders, local governments, UN agencies, NGOs, administrators, members of the private sector, academics and farmers — in a number of workshops.

In addition to the “Action Agenda on a new food and land use economy to Indonesia,” which has a range of special recommendations pertaining to our country, our reflections were gathered from the Global Growing Better, a report that was launched in Jakarta on Tuesday, 19 November.


The next four reflections are one of the key lessons from our work to date.

  • In Indonesia, there is a strong economic case for a better system of food and land use. Our country has significant economic impacts from undernourishment, together with overweight and obesity — the so-called double burden. President Joko ‘ Jokowi ‘ Widodo rightly pointed out that ending stunting and malnutrition in all its forms, especially in children, is a nation’s permanent priority.


The value of stunting is attributable to its long-term health effects, in particular, the risk of obesity and non-communicable diseases and the result of human development.


  • Also, the increasing problem of environmental pressures from the agricultural system is obvious in the same pattern as the high burden of malnutrition and non-communicable diseases have reached a situation where the food system is one of the world’s greatest drivers of change on planet Earth.


The wise stewardship of Indonesia’s natural resources and biodiversity will be necessary to ensure the country’s long-term food security and agricultural development. The forests, woodlands, Greenlands, wetlands, and rivers are all important.


  • Indonesia has implemented one of its most successful international fuel subsidy reforms in recent years to support both the public finances of Indonesia and its people with lower incomes.


  • Finally, we think that a systemic reform would involve a multi-sector approach, including the financial sector, to the Indonesian food and land use process.