Jan 30, 2023 Last Updated 12:03 AM, Jan 26, 2023

Environment

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.

Making food politics personal

Young people in Yogyakarta turn unused urban space into edible gardens

Rethinking Indonesia’s beef self-sufficiency agenda

The government’s latest approach is not the most effective or efficient way to promote food security

Food security in Indonesia

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

A matter of life or death for the Indonesian nation?

Hunger remains a problem in many Indonesian households

No-take zones

In West Papua province’s Raja Ampat islands, a local fisheries conservation initiative is setting a global standard

Undercutting Kalimantan's future

Forest conversion in Kalimantan is a local, national and global concern

Preserving landscapes

Budi Brahmantyo continues a lineage of scientific art for which West Java’s natural resources have provided the subject

Rock music and social activism on the internet

Bali rockers Navicula find a platform for social change in online social media

Love the mall, love the earth

Eco-friendly malls make environmentalism sleek and chic, but they might do more harm than good

A new frontier

East Kalimantan was once timber country, now it’s coal that rules

Aquaculture in adversity

The true costs of prawn farming are starting to show in Java

Fighting to survive

A small community in Southeast Sulawesi is engaged in an ongoing quest for recognition of its right to live on its ancestral land

The energy challenge

Indonesia is rich in renewable energy but government policies foster reliance on fossil fuels

Taking action in the provinces

Officials in Papua and Riau want to prevent deforestation, but they need concrete action and resources from the national government, not just talk and instructions

Climate justice

Climate change is compounding the environmental and social justice problems confronted by marginalised communities: a multi-faceted movement is needed in response

Selling the wind

Aceh experiments with a major REDD project, but without involving local people

Community engagement

Don’t ignore REDD’s impacts on communities!

Using Indonesian forests

Institutional reform and massive public participation are crucial to mitigate climate change

Reaching for the sky?

Indonesia has set ambitious emissions targets, but meeting them will require hard work

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