Food and land use context in Indonesia

Indonesia – home to one of the world’s largest tropical forests, archipelagos and young populations – has seen promising socioeconomic developments over recent years. But in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, land use conversion and unhealthy habits, the country must urgently change its course.

In this megadiverse nation, 40 million Indonesians rely on biodiversity for their livelihoods. Some 11 million workers and their families depend on the oil palm industry, which generates 20 percent of national export earnings but is also one of the key drivers of deforestation.

The Indonesian food and land use system costs approximately $62.7 billion a year in damage to people and the environment. Deforestation, forest and peat fires and land use change are responsible for at least 55 percent of Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emissions, and while one in four children is stunted by malnutrition, Indonesia has one of the world’s highest per capita rates of food loss and waste.

FOLU activity in Indonesia

FOLU Indonesia brings together a diverse set of stakeholders across the food and land use sector to consider the many dimensions and perspectives of the value chain as it relates to biodiversity, climate, production, rural prosperity and more.  

This national platform sits under the umbrella of Indonesia’s Low Carbon Development Initiative (LCDI), hosted by the Ministry of National Planning Agency (Bappenas), alongside the FABLE Consortium. The World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia serves as the secretariat and is responsible for building trust and driving collaborative work with stakeholders in the country. 

FOLU Indonesia is supporting a transition to a sustainable food and land use system that delivers quality, quantity, utility, and stability by: 1) securing availability of healthy, nutritious, and locally diverse food, 2) improving food supply and access throughout the agriculture and seafood value chains, 3) reducing per capita food loss and waste, both from supply and demand side, 4) protecting and restoring nature with the help of legal measures and 5)   supporting integrated, comprehensive, spatially explicit land use and marine planning at national and sub-national levels.  

The team is currently establishing a national multi-stakeholder coalition to formulate a roadmap for food and land use transformation in the country.  

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Key contacts

Gina Karina

FOLU Indonesia Manager

Ambassadors in Indonesia

Arif Satria 

Rector of IPB University 

Budiman Sudjatmiko

Coordinator of Advisory Board, PAPDESI (Perkumpulan Aparatur Pemerintah Desa Seluruh Indonesia/Association of the Village Governments in Indonesia)

Felia Salim

Vice Chief Executive Officer, PT Bank Negara Indonesia
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