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Jakarta Post

Stop stunting: Create delicious insect dishes

  • Agus Pakpahan

    Former chairman, Indonesian Agricultural Economics Association (Perhepi)

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 8 2019   /  01:43 am

After spurring physical infrastructure development in his first term, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will now focus on human resources. Reducing stunting of children under 5 years of age is among the priorities, with a goal to lower the current figure of about 30 percent of children under 5 to at most 19 percent by 2024. According to last year’s report on the Global Hunger Index (GHI) issued by the International Food Policy Research Institute, 15 out of 119 developing countries were able to reach the status of hunger equal to that of developed countries. One was Ukraine with an income per capita even lower than that of Indonesia. The report showed that in 18 years, Indonesia’s GHI score only declined by an average of 0.2 percent annually from 2000 to 2018. If this persists, we would need about 80 years to lower our GHI score to under 5, that of developed countries. One factor may...