Inside Indonesia, Okt. – Des. 2013 – Making food politics personal
One day in February 2013 a group of twenty friends came together to transform an empty plot of land in Nitiprayan, a village in the southern part of Yogyakarta, into a garden. Inspired by a permaculture activist from Australia who had recently visited, this group of young people used the principles of permaculture to design and build an edible garden.
Permaculture, the practice of designing self-sustaining agricultural systems, was not something many of the group were familiar with. In fact, most had never done any gardening or farming in their lives. But after a hard day’s work they had planted amaranth, tomatoes, chillies, lemongrass, ginger and turmeric. Within three months, they were harvesting their produce, using it in day-to-day cooking and even sharing it with neighbours. baca seluruh artikel
Inside Indonesia, Okt. – Des. 2013 – Feeding Indonesia
In 2007/08 the world witnessed a global food crisis as the cost of food staples like rice and soybeans spiked suddenly. In Indonesia, riots broke out in January 2008 over the rise of soybean prices (soybeans are the basic ingredients for the Indonesian staple foods tempe and tofu). Then in March of the same year people took to the streets to protest against increasing rice prices. Concerned these protests might escalate, the government decided to increase subsidies for food by US$280 million. Global food prices have since stabilised, but this shock put food security at the top of the policy agenda for the entire Southeast Asian region.
In Indonesia when policymakers and commentators talk about food security, they mean ensuring all people have access to sufficient, healthy and affordable food. This ambitious goal has implications for all parts of society ranging from the economy, to agriculture and the environment. Because food security has such a wide scope, it is also a very controversial issue in Indonesia, pitting those with opposing ideological positions against each other. Since Indonesia’s independence politicians, scientists, economists and activists have debated how best to feed Indonesia’s masses. baca seluruh artikel
Harian Jogja, 24 Ags. 2013 – Permablitz Jogja, Arisan Membuat Kebun untuk Kelanjutan Kehidupan
Bagi sebagian besar orang, istilah permaculture memang belum akrab di telinga. Namun hal itu justru menjadi semangat Permablitz untuk mempopulerkan kegiatan ini.
Komunitas yang baru berdiri Februari 2013 lalu mengadakan kegiatan arisan berkebun dengan mendatangi rumah orang yang mengundang. Kemudian, mereka membuat kebun secara bersama-sama. Penasaran? Berikut ulasan wartawan Harian Jogja Switzy Sabandar. baca seluruh artikel