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Putting Food First: Towards a Community-Based Food Security System in Indonesia

USD 10.00 Publisher: TWN
ISBN: 978-967-5412-06-6
Year: 2009
No. of pages: 72
Size of book: 16.5cm x 24cm
Author: Hira Jhamtani
About the Book

Ensuring that every person in one of the world’s largest and most populous nations has enough food on the table is understandably an undertaking of great import.

Putting Food First examines the food security situation in Indonesia with a view to determining how this can be done.

This book draws attention to serious shortcomings in food production and distribution in the country, which led to many cases of malnutrition, especially among children, in 2005. These flaws are ultimately rooted in policy failures, not only in the agriculture sector per se but also in the related spheres of trade, industrialization, rural development and environmental and natural resource management.

Recognizing the multidimensional nature of the problem, the author puts forward a set of short-and long-term policy recommendations aimed at attaining food security within a broader national framework of sustainable development. Realization of this goal will entail a shift from the existing industrial, monoculture-oriented farming system to a community-based and ecologically sound agriculture which indeed “puts food first”.

About the Author

HIRA JHAMTANI is a researcher on environment and development issues in Asia and Indonesia. She was a board member of the Indonesian Society for Social Transformation (INSIST) and is an associate of the Third World Network.


1 Introduction

2 Cases of Food Security and Insecurity in Indonesia

Cases of Food Shortage and Malnutrition

Rice: A Political-Economic Issue in Indonesia

Right to Seeds Threatened by Lawsuits

Non-Rice-Based Food System: The Case of Giyombong Village

3 Analysis of Food Security Policies

Food Production and Productivity

Distribution and Trading Systems

Displacement of Local Systems

Policy Failure 42

4 Towards a Community-Based Food Security System

Factors Affecting Food Security

Paradigm Shift

Policy Recommendations

Short-Term Immediate Measures


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