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Jakarta Post

FAO eyes millennials for food security programs

  • Sri Wahyuni

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta, Indonesia   /   Mon, September 3, 2018   /   10:30 am
FAO eyes millennials for food security programs Participants cook at an event called Cooking on the Weekend in Bandung as part of an FAO campaign. (FAO/-)


The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Indonesia is targeting millennials in its effort to help create zero hunger in the country by 2030 as mandated by the Sustainable Development Goals.

The pledge was partly implemented by involving youths in its Road to Zero Hunger campaign team as well as by designating them program partners for the commemoration of 2018 World Food Day on Oct. 16.

“We started the campaign on August 5, 2018 in Bandung,” FAO Indonesia communications adviser Siska Widyawati said in Yogyakarta last week, as the team was carrying out zero hunger campaign activities in Sleman regency.

She said FAO Indonesia had prepared a series of campaign activities to be conducted under the team of “Our Actions are Our Future, Zero Hunger 2030 is Possible” in five cities, namely Bandung, West Java; Sleman, Yogyakarta; Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi; Banjarmasin, South Kalimanan; and Jakarta.

Some 20 million Indonesians are still dealing with food insecurity and one out of three children in the country is suffering from stunting. Most of them live in rural areas, where 45 percent of Indonesia’s population resides.

Muhammad Reyza of FAO Indonesia’s program division said the zero hunger movement could start in rural villages where food producers, including farmers, fisherfolk and animal breeders, come from.

“The role of millennials in villages becomes pivotal because they are the future of our food and agriculture,” Reyza said.