The Indonesian Minister of Trade Gita Wirjawan today on Wednesday (2/8) on the second day session of the Jakarta Food Security Summit: BILATERAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE FOOD SECURITY, said, “There is a need for innovation and a shift of consumption pattern supported by increased food production along with a strong leadership to synergize with various stakeholders to address the scarcity of food that is threatening the world in the future.”
The FAO data shows that the world population is predicted to reach to 9.1 billion people in the year 2050, which consequently means food production must be increased by 70-100% to suffice the world demand.
Indonesia is aware of the importance of synergizing with various stakeholders, regional and global partners to maintain sustainable food security. For the purpose of regional cooperation, Indonesia through the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Recovery (APTERR) is committed to channel rice stock amounting to 25,000 tons as a buffer stock in the ASEAN Plus Three Region.
Indonesia also joined the ASEAN Integrated Food Security Framework (AIFS), Strategic Plan of Action of Food Security in the ASEAN Region (SPA-FS) and the OECD Global Forum to actively participate in finding solutions to maintain food security.
Indonesia is oriented towards the pro job, pro poor, pro growth and pro environment principles as one of the pillars to reach food security.
In addition, the government of Indonesia has prepared a partnership system between the government and the private sector working together with the community in anticipating a food crisis. One of the programs is the Partnership for Indonesia Sustainable Agriculture (PISAgro), in which the government of Indonesia has collaborated with the private sector for the last 12 months in a multinational partnership to increase the production of seven commodities, namely dairy products, soya, corn, coffee, palm oil, cacao and rice.
Indonesia encourages an open and fair environment for investment and economic growth in the domestic and international market. “The program that is oriented towards partnerships in agriculture multi-sectors such as the PISAgro, is very important to enhance the health profile of the people and to improve the farmers’ welfare,” said the Minister of Trade.
Furthermore, the Minister of Trade explained that to achieve a safe level of food security in the long term, it is necessary to have incentives from the government that support the policies and trade on agriculture products.
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