Indonesia's Indigenous Food Revolution: Opportunities and Challenges

Indonesia is undergoing a revolution in the indigenous food industry. The passion, dedication and perseverance of smallholder farmers and indigenous communities have, against all odds, maintained a food biodiversity heritage. Moreover, these groups have also drawn on indigenous wisdom and spiritualism on sustainable food systems to enter the modern market.

Inspired by these efforts, Helianti Hilman established Javara. Javara has the mission of delivering food biodiversity to the wider market and mobilizing market participation through sustainable consumption.

This second Herb Feith Dialogue for 2021, on “Indonesia's Indigenous Food Revolution: Opportunities and Challenges” which will be held on Thursday, 27 May 2021 at 06:00 PM, is honoured to have Helianti share her insights and experience on sustainable food systems. Helianti will address various opportunities and challenges that confront sustainable food systems, particularly as we face a post-COVID world.

The dialogue will highlight some of the following broad issues:

  • What are some of the most remarkable challenges to, and progress made by the sustainable food industry in Indonesia?
  • What can Australia and Indonesia learn from each other in terms of encouraging and enabling more sustainable food industries?
  • What lessons can we take from Javara’s experiences as we head beyond 2021?

Register to join this event by Wednesday, 26 May 2021 at this link.

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