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Food security in RI: Time for policy change

  • Ivan A. Hadar

    Jakarta

  /   Tue, April 28 2009   /  12:53 pm

The first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) calls for the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger. Food security, or rights to food, is defined as access to sufficient and affordable food which can relate to a single household or to the global population. Despite political commitments to reduce world hunger, the number of people lacking access to the "minimum dietary energy requirements" (2,000 kilocalories per day) has risen from 824 million in the baseline year (1990) to 963 million in 2008. A further 750 million are assessed to be at risk according to the OneWorld.net website, April 21, 2009. In Indonesia over the past three years, there has been a price leap among foods and other agricultural products. As a result there has been a decrease in food security with devastating effects such as an increasing number of malnutrition cases, as well as an increase in maternal and ...