The power of the media to push for positive social change must not be underestimated as we discover from more than a dozen journalists who joined a half-day workshop hosted by WFP Indonesia on “Media Engagement on Food Security and Nutrition”.
JAKARTA – “Over the years, the media has played a significant role in bringing about a national awakening on numerous issues of broader human and social concern impacting human development and the nation particularly regarding food security and nutrition,” said WFP Indonesia Deputy Country Director Peter Guest.
As part of its commitment to support the efforts of the Government of Indonesia to reduce under-nutrition levels in the country, WFP Indonesia brought in the media through a workshop to highlight their role in promoting various aspects of the government’s food security and nutrition initiatives to the general public.
“Considering the complexity of food and nutrition problems, they cannot be overcome by the government alone, but need the support of academia, experts and professional organizations, NGOs, international development partners, and the media as well as the business community,” said Guest.
One of the keynote speakers, Dr. Arum Atmawikarta, Executive Secretary of the National MDGs Secretariat in the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), outlined the current situation regarding food security and nutrition in the country and the challenges facing the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement known locally as “Gerakan 1000 HPK”.
While another keynote speaker, Dr. Fasli Jalal, former Deputy Education Minister and a recipient of the Henry-Kauffman Prize for his contribution to the ‘development of education focused on Nutrition Issues in the Future’, talked about the challenges facing government efforts to reduce stunting and micronutrient deficiencies in Indonesia; and the importance of the ‘First 1000 Days’ approach.
The discussion between the speakers and the journalists in attendance proved to be dynamic both during the workshop and on the sidelines as questions such as understanding how a province rich in human and natural resources like East Kalimantan can still be categorized as a ‘food and nutrition vulnerable area’ arose.
Journalists from leading print, on-line and broadcast media, including Kompas, Tempo, The Jakarta Post, Liputan6.com and Radio Republik Indonesa (RRI) participated in the half-day event.
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