News » AEC, Challenge and Opportunities for National Food Sovereignty

(adm/Jun 18, 2015)

ASEAN Economic Community is beneath the eyes and will be effective on January 1, 2016.  Competitiveness of agricultural products is the key word to be able to win the global competition.

According to the conclusion by Dr. Rusman Heriawan from Indonesian Center for Agricultural Socio Economics and Policy Studies (ICASEP) during the AEC Forum Group Discussion event, Tuesday (16/6/2015), cooperation on security, economic and socio-culture would be the main focus of AEC. The value of AEC itself is to care, share, progress, and fought together in facing the global economic.

The free flow of goods and services forced us to focused in the quality of agricultural products and un-skilled labour. Indonesia’s agricultural products faces the challenges among others the demand on product and process standard, food that contains no hazardous materials, integration of supply chain management, also to increase the quality of grade and food safety.

So far the food and horticulture commodities were focussed on fulfilling the needs of the national food. Indonesia’s agricultural products were less competitive than Singapore’s and Malaysia’s.

The benefit of AEC 2015, which stressed by Dr. Erwidodo (ICASEP), is associated to improving the competitiveness of the food sector. AEC enables ASEAN countries to economically integrated and this condition should be able to strengthen Indonesia’s position in the global economic area. Other than that, AEC would be able to increase the economic growth and agricultural product export to the international market.

Therefor, policy recommendations for Indonesia in strengthening the food sovereignty in the AEC era among others comprehensive policy portfolio also diversification of food and nutrition to reduce the pressure on demand for rice.

Further information : Indonesian Center for Agricultural Socio Economics and Policy Studies