Jakarta. The Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO, recently praised Indonesia’s agriculture sector for its rapid growth as the international body appointed the archipelagic country to be one of its council members.
“We praise Indonesian agriculture sector’s rapid growth,” FAO director-general Qu Dongyu said in a statement on Monday.
The director-general also applauded Indonesia’s agriculture for maintaining food resilience and largely contributing to ending poverty. According to Dongyu, Indonesia’s FAO Council membership will play a vital role in strengthening the executive body in formulating the strategies, policies, and budgetary matters in dealing with agricultural challenges.
“Especially amid the Covid-19 pandemic,” Dongyu said.
FAO also praised how the Indonesian government’s priority in the agri-food system aligns with FAO’s strategic framework of four betters: better production, better nutrition, better environment, and a better life.
“Indonesia’s [efforts] in realizing food security, nutrition, and sustainable agricultural development have been going well.”
Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo is looking forward to Indonesia’s membership at the FAO Council.
“We hope Indonesia’s agricultural policies can ‘colour’ the world’s agricultural policies [and] inspire other countries. We will play a role in providing food for the global community,” he said.
Indonesia will join Bangladesh, Philippines, Japan, China, and South Korea to represent the Asian region at the FAO council for 2021-2024.
This is also not Indonesia’s first time to assume the FAO council member position. Indonesia previously had taken the same role for 1955-1964, 1967-2000, 2003-2014, 2015-2018, and 2020-2021.