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Sago: An underutilized local resource

  • Purwiyatno Hariyadi
    Purwiyatno Hariyadi

    Lecturer at the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) and vice chairperson of Codex Alimentarius Commission, FAO/WHO

Bogor   /   Mon, December 4, 2017   /  08:01 am
Sago: An underutilized local resource Sago dough comes out of the press machine as vermicelli. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

The world’s population now stands at 7.6 billion people and is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. The challenge is clear. The world needs to increase food production. To meet projected demand, cereal production will have to increase by nearly 50 percent and meat production by 85 percent. The Global Nutrition Report 2017 indicated that, despite a decade of progress, the number of people going hungry has increased to 815 million people from 777 million in 2015. That number is moving in the wrong direction and raises questions about the global commitment of countries to end malnutrition by 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Being the fourth-most populous country (with 261 million people), Indonesia faces the same challenge. Indonesia is rich is natural resources and needs to develop a food policy toward greater diversification, not only to be less d...

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