02 Apr '18, 12am

Time for reform of Indonesia’s food policy regime:

Time for reform of Indonesia’s food policy regime:

Author: Editorial Board, East Asia Forum The politics of food is a vexed question in Indonesia. The ambition to achieve what Indonesians call kedaulatan pangan (food self-sufficiency) plays an outsized role in the country’s political imagination — a result of memories of the appropriation of the country’s rich natural resources by colonial rulers and of the economic hardship that followed independence, when food scarcity was commonplace. This dream of food self-sufficiency and the need to provide affordable food for a growing population in a globalised and increasingly urban economy are often in conflict. All of Indonesia’s presidents, both the autocratic and the democratically elected, have found food politics to be a headache. Two decades of public opinion polling following the fall of Suharto show one key point of constancy in the political tastes of Indonesian voters: ...

Full article: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/04/02/time-for-reform-o...

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