Jokowi Calls for Smallholder Agriculture Amid Global Food Supply Chain Disruption

23 June 2022 09:18 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, in an event on Wednesday, called for people to start cultivating various types of crops across unattended fields which would prove useful to mitigate the negative effects of the global food supply chain disruptions. 

“I would like to add one thing, please tell the people that current times must not see unattended fields not being cultivated,” said the President in his opening speech at the PMKRI congress event at East Kalimantan on June 22, Antaranews reported. 

He then urged for smallholder agriculture on crops that can be quickly produced such as corn and cassava as being self-sufficient will strengthen Indonesia’s food source security and better in fending off pressure from the global scale. 

The President also mentioned natural disasters that can disrupt the production and availability of food goods both globally and domestically.

“The easy thing is that corn can be harvested in 3 months, cassava has also been harvested for 3 months. Plant it quickly because we don't know the situation [in the future], climate change, and others," Jokowi said. 

In January 2022 there were only three countries that stopped food exports to meet domestic needs. Meanwhile, in mid-June 2022, the number of countries that stopped food exports increased to 23 because each country wanted to maintain food stocks to meet domestic needs.

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