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Young farmers are what Indonesia needs

  • Deviana Wijaya Dewi
    Deviana Wijaya Dewi

    Project leader for Pencerah Nusantara at the Center for Indonesia’s Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI)

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Jakarta   /   Mon, October 16, 2017   /  10:55 am
Young farmers are what Indonesia needs Two boys carry tengala and lampit, tools used in makepung lampit, a buffalo race on a wet paddy field in Jembrana. (JP/Agung Parameswara)

Every Oct. 16 we mark World Food Day to give particular recognition to the food-related issues that impact our lives. Food is indeed a universal language of love that connects everyone around the globe, similar to music and sports. Yet, problems related to food and agriculture still lack the attention they deserve. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.” The main idea behind this theme lies in the understanding that rural development can tackle the factors that compel people who live in rural areas to migrate elsewhere, by creating an enabling environment that allows rural people, especially youth, to feel safe, productive and resilient at home. With all countries agreeing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), today we should form the zero hunger generation. Home to more than...

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