WFP Highlights Indonesia's Progress in Food Security

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - According the Food Security and Vulnerability Atlas published by the Indonesian Government and the World Food Programme, the country's food security has improved considerably. Now, only 15 percent of rural districts are considered "acutely vulnerable to food insecurity." This is a significant improvement from a decade ago when the figure stands at 22 percent.

    "The Government and the people have succeeded in reducing food insecurity in Indonesia. However, we have not succeeded in resolving fundamental problems faced by consumers and farmers – namely fluctuations in food prices, and land tenure for farmers," President Joko Widodo Wrote in the Atlas.

    "We should all celebrate because Indonesia has achieved the Millenium Development Goal of halving hunger and extreme poverty," said Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the WFP, "With the government's commitment, this nation should rise to its next challenge – a food-secure future where every Indonesian man, woman and child will enjoy a healthy, balanced diet."

    In order to reach this goal there still has to be significant improvement in clearing roadblocks to ensuring Indonesia's complete food security, mainly the problems with Infrastructure, natural disasters, climate change, and the increasing population of overweight Indonesians.