Indonesia to Mobilize National Consensus for Family Farming Program

- 18 May 2022 14:29 WIB
     Family Farming Activities in Pesantren Ekologi At-Thariq
Family Farming Activities in Pesantren Ekologi At-Thariq

JAKARTADAILY.ID –  Farmers in Indonesia are a substantial part of Asia Pacific farmers that comprises more than 70 percent of small-scale family farmers in the world. Family farmers produce 80 percent of the region’s food. 

For Indonesia, the agriculture sector is crucial for the economy and accounts for 14 percent of GDP. On average, 93 percent of Indonesia’s farmers are small family farmers that cultivate on modest land plots averaging 0.6 hectares. 

“It is therefore critical to build on and strengthen supportive policies, investments, and institutional frameworks for family farming at national and sub-national levels on inclusive and effective governance and on timely and geographically relevant data”, said Rajendra Aryal Food and Agricultural Organization of United Nation (FAO) Representative in Indonesia and Timor Leste, in Jakarta, May 17, 2022.

Speaking at the meeting held by FAO and Ministry of Agriculture entitled “Multi Stakeholders Discussion for Family Farming National Action Plan and Strategic Activities”, Aryal said, the enabling policy environment to strengthen family farming will underpin further actions to respond to the current social, economic, and environmental challenges.

The meeting aims to discuss the transformation of family farming activities as a subject of national priority. Around 100 participants attend this meeting, mostly from the farmers' organizations and government ministries and agencies across the country.

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Several line ministries, including the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, National Planning Agency, National Food Agency, and other relevant stakeholders with FAO discussed with farmers' representatives how to move forward to agree on the National Action Plan for Family Farming (NAPFF) and its strategic plan.

The Ministry of Agriculture has been taking a lead to implement the ‘Home yard for Sustainable Food (Program Pekarangan Untuk Pangan Berkekanjutan P2L) as one of the flagship initiative programs in family farming in Indonesia. 

This meeting mobilized a multi-stakeholders consensus to make family farming a national priority supported by various ministries and farmers' organizations. The results of the discussion will be an important part to strengthen the  National Action Plan for Family Farming and its Strategic Actions.

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Editor: Suksmajati Kumara

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