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Rising Indonesian Economy Must Address Food Security Issue

Categories: East Asia, Indonesia, Development, Economics & Business, Food, Governance, History, Law, Politics

John McCarthy and Zahari Zen urge the Indonesian government to implement ‘transformative policies’ [1] to solve hunger and food insecurity in the country:

The food produced is too expensive, leaving poor households vulnerable. Today, even in rural areas, the majority of people are net food buyers. This is why the poor tend to be vulnerable to price fluctuations and any measure involving price hikes has immense risks. If food is expensive, poor households have to cope. They eat cheaper, less nutritious food. Instant noodles substitute for proper meals.