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Indonesia has been chosen as one of the United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference vice presidents, marking its strategic position in supporting the world’s ocean conservation and the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

By Kundhavi Kadiresan 

Indonesians consume fewer fruits and vegetables than any other country in ASEAN save Cambodia. And for the bottom 70 percent of the population it is even worse – they spend only half as much on fruits and vegetables, and just one-third as much on meat, fish and dairy, when compared to the top 30 percent.

FAO appreciates Indonesia’s achievements with respect to rice in 2016, resulting from major investment by the Government, and the Ministry of Agriculture itself, largely in infrastructure. The next step is to build a competitive and diversified agricultural sector that promotes farmer livelihoods and improved nutrition for all Indonesians

Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Kundhavi Kadiresan

During her visit to Indonesia, Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Kundhavi Kadiresan, met today with the Minister of Agriculture, Amran Sulaiman, in order to exchange views on the growing collaboration between FAO and the Government of Indonesia.

By Douglas Broderick 

Millions of Indonesians depend on oceans to feed their families. Fishermen, ferryboat drivers, tour guides and freight workers. When the ocean suffers, so do lives. But 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic are swirling around in the world’s seas. Five giant “patches” of garbage are floating in the world’s oceans. They are nearly equivalent to the entire land mass of Indonesia. They’re growing. Patches have collected so much trash — mostly plastic — they can be seen from space.

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