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Jokowi’s agrarian reform agenda stalls

  • Moses Ompusunggu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 24 2016   /  08:11 am

Two years have gone by since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo vowed to improve the lives of farmers through agrarian reform.

The agrarian reform agenda was included in Jokowi’s multifaceted Nawacita development program and consists of seven initiatives, including agrarian conflict settlement, land distribution to farmers and nationwide land legalization.

But none of the three have shown encouraging progress, analysts have said, highlighting the government’s lack of will to make its commitments a reality during the last two years, when the country has seen two different agrarian ministers as a result of Cabinet shake-ups.

In several regions, farmers and activists are still fighting brutal battles with companies, the military and the police in land-use conflicts. Hostility toward local communities sometimes leads to torture and can end in bloodshed.

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