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PUTTING FOOD FIRST

Towards a Community-Based Food Security System in Indonesia

By HIRA JHAMTANI

Publisher: TWN (ISBN: 978-967-5412-06-6)

Year: 2009   No. of pages: 72

ABOUT THE BOOK

Ensuring that every person in one of the world’s largest and most populous nations has enough food on the table is understandably an undertaking of great import.

Putting Food First examines the food security situation in Indonesia with a view to determining how this can be done.

This book draws attention to serious shortcomings in food production and distribution in the country, which led to many cases of malnutrition, especially among children, in 2005. These flaws are ultimately rooted in policy failures, not only in the agriculture sector per se but also in the related spheres of trade, industrialization, rural development and environmental and natural resource management.

Recognizing the multidimensional nature of the problem, the author puts forward a set of short-and long-term policy recommendations aimed at attaining food security within a broader national framework of sustainable development. Realization of this goal will entail a shift from the existing industrial, monoculture-oriented farming system to a community-based and ecologically sound agriculture which indeed “puts food first”.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

HIRA JHAMTANI is a researcher on environment and development issues in Asia and Indonesia. She was a board member of the Indonesian Society for Social Transformation (INSIST) and is an associate of the Third World Network.

Contents

1          Introduction        

2          Cases of Food Security and Insecurity in Indonesia               

            Cases of Food Shortage and Malnutrition              

            Rice: A Political-Economic Issue in Indonesia     

            Right to Seeds Threatened by Lawsuits  

            Non-Rice-Based Food System: The Case of Giyombong Village            

3          Analysis of Food Security Policies      

            Food Production and Productivity           

            Distribution and Trading Systems            

            Displacement of Local Systems   

            Policy Failure       42

           

4          Towards a Community-Based Food Security System            

            Factors Affecting Food Security              

            Paradigm Shift    

            Policy Recommendations            

            Short-Term Immediate Measures            

References

              

PRICE

US$12.00 for First World countries

US$10.00 for Third World countries

RM12.00 for Malaysia

Prices are inclusive of postage costs by airmail.

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