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Jakarta Post

Cultural intelligence in building food security

  • Agus Pakpahan

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 19 2012   /  08:00 am

What would be in your mind if you knew tomorrow you would have no food to eat? Issues of food security and food safety have been major issues throughout human history, especially in developing countries like ours.

Almost all national mass media in Indonesia publish statements from the opinions of our country’s leaders regarding how we must face our food security problems. In light of this, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) hosted the Jakarta Food Security Summit last month.

At the same time as the summit, governors from the main rice-producing provinces such as West Java, Central Java, East Java, Lampung, South Sulawesi and North Sumatera met with House Commission IV and came with the assertion that national food policy was a disappointment to the provincial governments and farmers.

Marvin Harris, in his book Cows, Pigs, Wars and Witches: Th...