To expand the project into North Sumatra and Papua, the government is seeking out private investors, but activists say this risks a repeat of the current corporate takeover of Indigenous and community lands.
Localised supply chains, which generated US$40 million in revenue for farmers during the pandemic, will continue even as Covid-19 restrictions ease. But the industry badly needs more research, technology and infrastructure, experts say.
The earlier mega rice project left behind an abandoned wasteland of drained and degraded peat that has since burned during the annual dry season, spewing out a choking haze and large volumes of carbon emissions.
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Ibnu Budiman –
The government of Indonesia does not fully utilise knowledge about sustainable peatland management. The new rice plan will not support the restoration of degraded peatlands as rice as a dryland species does not support peat soil formation.
Robin Hicks –
No single story has dominated the international press as much so far this century. How can climate change, which will likely prove far deadlier than the coronavirus, reclaim the headlines?
Craig Hanson –
Food loss and waste contribute 8 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Tackling them can help fight climate change while generating food security and economic benefits for communities worldwide, writes World Resources Institute's Craig Hanson.
According to data displayed on Global Forest Watch Fires, there have been 66,000 fire alerts in Indonesia from January through the end of September. While this is much lower than fire levels in 2015, it far exceeds those in the past three years.