Indonesia has prioritized food sovereignty in its National Medium-Term Development Plan. Food security and malnourishment significantly improved between 2009 and 2015.
Despite improvement, progress is at risk of regressing if challenges, such as the potential for climate-related hazards, are not addressed. Strengthening its ability to adapt to the consequences of natural disasters, deforestation, and climate change will be crucial to avoiding temporary food insecurity.
Areas for Improvement
There are concrete goals policy makers can work towards to improve food security in Indonesia:
- Indonesia’s relatively low ease of doing business deters investment that could add to growth in the agriculture sector, increasing food security
- Indonesia has a very high rate of mobile phone use, therefore efforts to reduce poverty and improve agricultural productivity should focus on maximizing access to affordable technology