Sustainable landscape management in Central Java

Food security is a priority theme of Dutch development cooperation policy. The Netherlands focuses on inter alia working towards an increase in sustainably produced food and better access to nutritious food. In Indonesia, there are several Food Security programs funded by and or managed via the Netherlands government, because as the world’s second largest exporter of agricultural products and technology, the Netherlands has much to offer.

The Netherlands based NGO, Solidaridad, along with its local partner in Central Java, Business Watch Indonesia, has been actively carrying out “Sustainable Landscape Management in Central Java” together with Yayasan Jateng Berdikari and with the support from the Central Java government. Next to coffee agroforestry, Solidaridad and Business Watch Indonesia collaborate with Mount Merapi National Park Agency, to encourage the community of the buffer villages in Merapi to conserve Merapi’s native vegetation, including Berasan (Tarrenoidea Wallichii) – a unique tree able to tolerate the mountain’s volcanic ashes. This programme is part of the support to local government’s agenda for food resilience within the area.

The agriculture counsellor of the Netherlands embassy in Indonesia, Mrs. Lucie Wassink, had the opportunity to visit some of the project locations in Merapi on 16-17 July 2017. She was very pleased to learn that the agroforestry programme not only provides goodness and additional economic value to the people around the area but will also sustain and preserve the forest and nature. She shares the view that “Coordination and collaboration among stakeholders are necessary to ensure long-term benefits of landscape management.”