Indonesia’s efforts to supply delicacies to China are evolving in surprising directions
Food self-sufficiency in Indonesia is a valid problem but so far the government has only provided counterproductive solutions
Rahmat Ajiguna talks to Eve Warburton about the need to make farmers the centre of food security in Indonesia
Food security is an urgent policy problem in Indonesia but opinions are divided about how best to feed the poorest and most vulnerable
Thushara Dibley and Eve Warburton
Indonesia is a country with a rapidly expanding middle class and a growing economy. Its neighbours are taking more notice, and Indonesia now plays a pivotal role in regional politics. Yet for many Indonesians, the daily task of feeding their families can be a real challenge. Even with government subsidies, Indonesia has the most expensive rice in the region. The government's commitment to reducing heavy fuel subsidies is expected to impact the price and accessibility of rice and other basic foodstuffs. Poor families are the most vulnerable in this situation.