In an effort to combat malnutrition and improve the nutritional status of the Indonesian population, we are excited to announce a strategic alliance between HarvestPlus, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), and the Rahmat Foundation. Indonesia has a high burden of malnutrition with at least one out of every three children or 31 percent are stunted. This means that more than two million children under five are malnourished. The partnership aims to strengthen Indonesia’s nutrition landscape through an integrated approach involving research, policy advocacy, and capacity building initiatives. The partnership focuses on engagement with policymakers and stakeholders at various levels to emphasize the importance of integrating biofortified crops into national food security and nutrition strategies.

This partnership is dedicated to transforming agricultural landscapes and empowering communities by enhancing seed production techniques. The partners would work together to develop and promote high-yielding, nutrient-enriched seeds that can bolster food security and nutrition. The partners would also collaborate to increase public awareness about the importance of sustainable agriculture and the nutritional benefits of biofortified crops through community education. Additionally, by creating strong market linkages, the partnership aims to connect farmers and consumers, ensuring that agricultural efforts translate into economic growth. The inclusion of a development module Nutrition Smart Agriculture further exemplifies the partners’ dedication to providing farmers with essential skills and knowledge to thrive in modern agricultural practices. Lastly, the collaboration seeks to strengthen farmers’ organizations, uniting them for collective empowerment and amplifying their impact on agricultural policies, and practices. Overall, the partnership’s multifaceted approach demonstrates a comprehensive strategy to drive positive change in the agricultural sector and uplift farming communities.

The alliance between HarvestPlus, UGM, and the Rahmat Foundation transcends organizational boundaries and underscores the power of collaboration. With a shared vision of alleviating malnutrition and fostering a healthier population, this partnership marks a significant turning point in the journey to enhance Indonesia’s nutrition landscape, propelling the nation toward a healthier, nourished future.

About Universitas Gadjah Mada

Universitas Gadjah Mada was officially established on December 19, 1949 as a national university. Considered as one of the oldest universities in Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada serves as a pillar of educational awakening in Indonesia, and purports to be a defender and disseminator of Pancasila. MORE

About Rahmat Foundation

The Foundation aims to enhance the quality of life of individuals and communities by focusing on meeting both their basic and higher needs.