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Advocacy

Organic Agriculture continues to develop,otherwise regulations and policies to protect farmers and encourage the development of organic agriculture are not yet ideal and sustainable. Various problems regarding the issue require strength and support from various parties to tackle it. AOI encourages organic agriculture policy advocacy, builds national and international networks, and encourages the creation of a holistic and sustainable Organic Village.

Organic Agriculture Policy Advocacy

1998

After the 1998 reform, organic agriculture policies in Indonesia have grown and have received support from various parties, including the government.

2002

In 2002 the government issued the Indonesian National Standard (SNI) for Organic Food 6729-2002.

2004

In 2004, during the administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), the national program “Go Organic 2010” was launched, with the vision of integrating organic systems and commodity market systems at the international level, which is targeted to be achieved in 2010.

2013

The issuance of the Minister of Agriculture Regulation No. 64 of 2013 concerning Organic Farming Systems ends the integration of organic systems and market systems.

2015

The “One Thousand Organic Farming Villages” program was launched in the era of President Jokowi

Advocacy for Revision of the Minister of Agriculture Regulation No. 64 of 2013 concerning Organic Farming Systems

The transition from the SBY era to Jokowi in 2014 has also influenced organic farming policies to date. However, the main issue for the development of organic agriculture in Indonesia is the Minister of Agriculture Regulation No. 64 of 2013 concerning Organic Agriculture Systems. There is no regulation that supports the interests of organic farmers and an understanding that encourages the development of organic agriculture in Indonesia.

 

Departing from this background, the Indonesian Organic Alliance encourages the advocacy of Organic Agriculture policies that provide protection for organic farmers and a greater scope for the development of organic agriculture in Indonesia. Revision of Regulation of the Minister of Agriculture No. 64 of 2013 became the main agenda of IOA’s advocacy program.

 

Advocacy for Regional Regulations on Organic Agriculture

Regulations on organic farming are needed to strengthen and encourage the sustainability of organic farming programs at the regional level. The replacement of regional heads according to the administration period often has an impact on the sustainability of organic farming programs that have started or are in progress. This is because the previous regional heads and new regional heads have different views and priorities in regional development during their respective era. Meanwhile, the development of organic farming requires continuity and consistency. For this reason, regulations at the local government level are needed to ensure that organic farming programs in an area can continue and protect the interests of organic farmers.

Organic Village Project Pilot

The Indonesian Organic Alliance (IOA) together with Lestari Mandiri developed an organic farming village model by integrating village regulations, rural socio-economic development, involvement of women and youth, integrated organic farming with climate mitigation concepts, and community guarantees.

Network Development

The development of Organic Agriculture in Indonesia requires attention and cooperation from various parties, including partners and NGO networks, Farmers Organizations, Activists, Academics, Private Sector, and the Government. Therefore, IOA builds and strengthens networks, relationships, and coalitions with various parties at the national and international levels. The goal is to create a sustainable organic farming ecosystem in Indonesia.

 

The IOA Network is the KAUKUS Agricultural Reform Coalition, with coalition members including the Indonesian Human Rights Committee for Social Justice (IHCS), Indonesia for Global Justice (IGJ), Bina Desa (BinDes), Koalisi Rakyat Ketahanan Pangan (KRKP), Komite Nasional Pertanian Keluarga (KNPK) and Asosiasi Petani Indonesia (API) etc.

 

IOA also actively participates in international networks, including with IFOAM International, IFOAM Asia, ALGOA Indonesia, and other organizations to strengthen the organic farming movement in Indonesia and the world.

Policy Recommendation and Statement