Indonesia is hungry for a better food policy

by Rainer Heufers, CIPS, and Arianto A Patunru, ANU

A child helps her mother harvest chilis in West Java, Indonesia [Photo: Reuters]

Despite years of reasonable economic growth, 19.4 million Indonesians are still unable to meet their daily dietary needs. Rainer Heufers, Executive Director of the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) and Arianto A Patunru, a Fellow in the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics and the Indonesia Project in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, argue that Indonesia must improve their domestic policies in order to achieve food security.