Jakarta – There is a good reason why President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo did not make more of a meal out of Indonesia's rice self-sufficiency achievements over the past three years.
Farming & Agriculture
August 26, 2022
August 15, 2022
Jakarta – Indonesia has received an award from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) for its achievement in reaching rice self-sufficiency and for improving its food security
August 5, 2022
Jayapura, Jubi – Head of the Papua Agriculture and Food Agency Semuel Siriwa encourages the people of Lanny Jaya Regency to change the cycle of planting and harvesting sweet potatoes.
July 31, 2022
Wahyoe Boediwardhana, Lumajang– State-owned plantation-firm PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) and Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University (UGM) have started a trial intercrop soybean and s
July 19, 2022
Jakarta – Shares of Indonesian-listed palm oil producers rallied Monday after the government dropped export levies on all palm oil products and their derivatives until August 31, 2022.
July 15, 2022
Jakarta – Indonesia's palm oil industry is urging authorities to ease export restrictions and taxes so it can sell produce that risks going to waste, as an upcoming harvest season is li
July 13, 2022
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Primus Dorimulu, Jakarta – Indonesia on Wednesday delivered the first shipment of chicken carcasses to Singapore which has very strict regulations on imported food a
July 7, 2022
Yassar Aulia and Sayyidatiihayaa Afra – Pressured to solve the ongoing cooking oil crisis in Indonesia, President Joko Widodo reshuffled his cabinet and appointed Zulkifli Hasan to repl
July 5, 2022
Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – The Indonesian Palm Oil Association (Apkasindo) chairperson Gulat Manurung on Monday responded to an issue that had gone viral on the internet where Indone
June 30, 2022
Stephanie Sinclair, Daniel Fitzgerald and Belinda Varischetti – Indonesia has begun a national vaccine rollout for FMD but the disease continues to spread, with more than 200,000 cases
June 23, 2022
Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Palm Oil Farmers Association (Apkasindo) on Wednesday claims that they found cases where palm oil farmers are starting to show mental health problems ca
June 13, 2022
Jakarta – The overall audit that Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan ordered last week for the whole upstream and downstream palm oil industry should
June 1, 2022
Last week, Mongabay, BBC News and The Gecko Project released a joint investigation into a scheme that was intended to help lift millions of Indonesians out of poverty and
May 31, 2022
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – A court in Indonesia has dismissed lawsuits filed by two palm oil companies against a district head who revoked their permits over various violations.
May 16, 2022
Pasuruan, Indonesia (Reuters) – As dark clouds gather in the morning sky, Indonesian apple farmer Ali Akhbar hurries to finish spraying pesticides onto his trees before yet another afte
Aisyah Llewellyn, Medan, Indonesia – Indonesia, the world's largest producer of palm oil, has struggled with rising prices and low stocks of cooking oil amid a surge in global prices of
May 4, 2022
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Lawmakers in Indonesia are pressing the government to uncover the true scale of illegal oil palm plantations in the country, following the revelation that
April 4, 2022
Suryo Wiyono (360info), Bogor – By 2063 there will be no professional farmers in Indonesia, according to the country's National Development Planning Agency.
April 3, 2022
Antara, Jakarta – Head of the Research Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) Felippa Ann Amanta accentuated the importance of directing policies to optimize diversification of the
March 8, 2022
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – The establishment of large-scale agriculture under the Indonesian government's "food estate" program is harming local farmers in Sumatra, a study has found
February 9, 2022
Emma Connors and Natalia Santi, Singapore/Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo's government started the year with a ban on coal exports and now it has ordered palm oil producers t
January 28, 2022
Bernadette Christina Munthe and Fransiska Nangoy, Jakarta – Indonesia has imposed a rule starting Thursday for a mandatory portion of palm oil to be sold domestically at a maximum price
Eko Listiyorini – Indonesia's palm oil exports may drop by just 1 million tons this year, according to a top industry group, a sign that the government's latest policy to cool prices wi
January 11, 2022
Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) says that 222 illegal palm oil corporations have been granted amnesty or in other words they can continue operating despite no
December 28, 2021
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – State Logistics Agency (Bulog) reported it had absorbed 1.2 million tons of rice from local farmers until the end of 2021.
December 20, 2021
Nurika Manan/Project Multatuli, Bojonegoro – For two consecutive years, Siyamin's tobacco harvests failed to bring in enough revenue to cover his costs.
December 17, 2021
Nithin Coca – When it comes to sustainability, "palm oil is simply the superior crop for its effective land utilization," according to the Malaysian Palm Oil Council.
December 8, 2021
Lucentezza Napitupulu, Mulia Nurhasan, John F McCarthy, Yusuf Bahtimi Samsudin, Amy Ickowitz – In June 2020, the Indonesian government responded to fears of a COVID-19 food crisis by es
November 28, 2021
When Indonesia unveiled a plan to turn 2.5 million millennials into farmers within five years, it was a big ask.
November 23, 2021
Singapore – Indonesia's palm oil exports and production in 2021 are both likely to fall for a second straight year, the vice chairman of the country's palm oil association (GAPKI) said
November 22, 2021
Harry Jacques, Makian Island, Indonesia – Farmer Musdi Siraju, 19, picked his way down the steep, slippery mountainside in bare feet, on his way to a grove of coconut palms, canarium an
November 16, 2021
As of January this year, food estate players have been seemingly seeking for investment from abroad to sponsor their ambitions.
November 12, 2021
Jayapura – The focus of the food estate program was, at first, to promote rice production in the peatland areas of Central Kalimantan.
November 11, 2021
Jayapura – When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and disrupted world supply chains, the Indonesian government launched an ambitious plan to boost domestic food production through the "food est
October 15, 2021
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Statistics Indonesia (BPS) noted that the country's rice harvest areas continued to decline in the last two years.
October 14, 2021
When the Indonesian government announced ambitious plans to ramp up domestic food production as the pandemic set in last June, officials claimed that it would not lead to "environmental
Arjuna Pademme, Jayapura – The involvement of the Indonesian Military (TNI) in the food estate program initiated by the government last year was feared to enable potential human rights
October 5, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Sorong, West Papua – With its lush rainforests and long stretches of beaches, Waimon, a coastal village in Indonesia's West Papua province, seems like an idyllic pla
September 22, 2021
Colum Graham – As with rice, Indonesia experiences high sugar prices. Domestic sugar prices can be three times the average international price.
July 13, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Human rights abuses continue to fester in the Indonesian palm oil industry as global brands and financial institutions and investors turn a blind eye to th
July 6, 2021
M Rahim Arza, Hiyung, Indonesia – For the village cultivating Indonesia's most pungent chili pepper, July is a time of prosperity – and potential ruin.
June 28, 2021
Novy Lumanauw, Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia is eyeing to lead the world's downstream palm oil industry by 2045, according to the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs on
June 10, 2021
Jakarta (Reuters) – The Indonesian palm oil association (GAPKI) is urging oil palm plantations to tighten Covid-19 protocols in the country's top-producing province of Riau after a surg
May 20, 2021
Kereng Bangkirai, Indonesia – By canoe, it's a 20-minute ride from the nearest village to the last piece of paradise in the heart of Borneo.
April 30, 2021
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia is eyeing to ramp up their spice exports – particularly to the European Union, or EU – with a new multi-stakeholder platform dedicated to helping
April 2, 2021
Jakarta – The twists and turns between Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi and the Chief Executive Officer of the State Logistics Agency Budi Waseso over the plan to import rice is a result o
April 1, 2021
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia once again spoke up against the singling out of palm oil, with the second round discussion on the vegetable oil – between European Union, or EU,
March 26, 2021
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi asserted the government would not import rice until June 2021 and called for a halt to lingering arguments on rice imports.
March 24, 2021
Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ombudsman on Wednesday's press conference announced that it found potential maladministration in the country's 1.5 million tons rice i
March 17, 2021
Caesar Akbar, Jakarta – The House of Representatives' (DPR) Commission VI member and Deputy Chairman of the Legislation Body (Baleg), Achmad Baidowi, questioned the government's plan to