WFP Indonesia Country Brief, October 2021



• To commemorate World Food Day 2021, under the theme “Our Actions are Our Future”, WFP published an op-ed in the national media outlet The Jakarta Post and participated in the Ministry of Agriculture World Food Day event emphasizing the importance of increasing access to an affordable healthy diet for all.

• The Rome Based Agencies (RBAs) – namely the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and WFP launched a Food Systems Background Study in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) to inform the development of a joint pilot for the implementation of the RBAs Joint Country Strategic Plan 2021-2025. The study is expected to be finalised by the end of 2021.

Operational Updates

• Commemorating the World Food Day on October 16 th, WFP promoted the importance of improving nutrition for all, especially for vulnerable populations through an op-ed piece published on the national media outlet The Jakarta Post. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic recovery the piece called for actions to increase access to a healthy diet especially among poor households. Similarly, WFP advocated for increased affordability of healthy diets to reduce malnutrition during the national World Food Day event led by the Ministry of Agriculture on October 25th 2021.

• Through the UN Joint SDG Fund programme on Adaptive Social Protection, WFP continued to provide technical assistance to strengthen the Ministry of Social Affairs’ disaster early warning system e-SIMBA. In October 2021, WFP worked with the Ministry, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the National Cluster for Displacement and Protection under the Ministry to establish a new feature on eSIMBA. By including information regularly collected by the cluster in emergency response operations, this new feature would provide the Ministry with consolidated data and information to inform provision of assistance to affected populations. The implementing partners of the UN Joint SDG Fund programme are the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNOCHA and WFP.

• WFP participated in the celebration of IFAD’s 40 year anniversary in Indonesia “Journey to Sustainable Rural Transformation in Indonesia” together with representatives from Government, UN and other international organizations, civil society, and business partners. During the panel discussion, WFP Representative presented the Rome Based Agencies’ vision towards inclusive rural transformation. She also shared insights on the work of the RBAs in Indonesia on sustainable food systems, a topic which is closely aligned to Indonesia’s development plans following the September 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.