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Impossible ideal?

Impossible ideal?

Cosmopolitanism is a dirty word in rural West Java, where creativity and new words are needed to reopen dialogue.

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Campaigning for agrarian reform

Campaigning for agrarian reform

Rahmat Ajiguna talks to Eve Warburton about the need to make farmers the centre of food security in Indonesia

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Feeding Indonesia

Feeding 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.

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Food security in Indonesia

Food security in Indonesia

Despite being a middle-income country, many Indonesians still face the prospect of going hungry

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A matter of life or death for the Indonesian nation?

A matter of life or death for the Indonesian nation?

Hunger remains a problem in many Indonesian households

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Review: Power, change, and gender relations in rural Java

Review: Power, change, and gender relations in rural Java

Tickamyer and Kusujiarti’s new book is essential reading

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Land of ghosts

Land of ghosts

Papua’s rural lowlands are being transformed by an encroaching global economy, but what happens to the people there is an open question

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Teaching remote Indonesia

Teaching remote Indonesia

A new program sends Indonesia’s best and brightest graduates to teach children in its poorest villages

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The middle of nowhere

The middle of nowhere

Highland communities in Papua are demanding access to services, but there is a limit to what can be offered in the most remote settlements

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Repairing the damage

Repairing the damage

Safe havens and abuser counselling helping to reduce domestic violence cases in East Nusa Tenggara

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Who owns the carbon?

Who owns the carbon?

Indonesia’s carbon stores spark international attention

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Leaving Indonesia

Leaving Indonesia

As this edition shows, the choices faced by those who leave Indonesia for work are anything but simple

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Passports optional

Passports optional

Indonesian migrant workers without visas - or sometimes even passports - rely on the help of middlemen to get past immigration checkpoints into East Malaysia

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Sympathy for the Devil

Sympathy for the Devil

Pining for the certainty of the Suharto era

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Prosperity denied

Prosperity denied

Mining is booming in East Nusa Tenggara, but where is the wealth going?

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Eager to work

Eager to work

The value of children’s paid work on Lombok’s tobacco plantations presents a challenge to emotive arguments for the wholesale banning of child labour

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A matter of luck

A matter of luck

Migrant domestic workers aspire to more than their home communities can offer and are willing to take risks to change their lives

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Fighting over the land and forest

Fighting over the land and forest

Century-old conflicts persist in the vast tracts of Indonesia that are designated as state forest

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Land titles do not equal agrarian reform

Land titles do not equal agrarian reform

Activists split with Indonesia’s government over whether land registration helps the rural poor

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Too precious to mine

Too precious to mine

Central Java farmers refuse to get stuck in cement

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