WFP and Indonesia Launch Second ‘Food Security Atlas’

A new Food Security and Vulnerability Atlas drawn up by the Indonesian government and WFP provides a precise map of food insecurity across the Asian nation, enabling better targeting of interventions against hunger.

JAKARTA – The President of the Republic of  Indonesia has launched the second edition of the Food Security and Vulnerability Atlas (FSVA), drawn up with the World Food Programme , which  maps food insecurity down to district level across Indonesia.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono launched the FSVA,  together with Ir. H. Suswono, the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Ir. Achmad Suryana, Secretary of Food Security Council and Coco Ushiyama, WFP Representative to Indonesia, during the opening of the Food Security Conference at the Jakarta Convention Center.
The 200-page atlas, jointly prepared by the National Food Security Council and WFP, is a unique and comprehensive tool for efficiently targeting interventions against hunger.
Human necessity
“Food is a basic human necessity. Therefore, its fulfillment is not only to satisfy basic human rights or moral obligation of the Indonesian people, but is an economic as well as social investment to have better generation in the future,” said Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia.
“The FSVA serves as an important tool and recommendations in decision making and responding to food insecurity issues at the provincial and district level,” said Ir. H. Suswono, the Minister of Agriculture.
“As one of the world’s most disaster prone countries, knowing now where the food insecure are, how many and why, becomes important in responding efficiently to emergencies,”  said Coco Ushiyama, Representative of WFP Indonesia.
Detailed analysis
Food insecurity requires detailed analysis of various parameters beyond just food production and availability. While there is no single, direct measure of food security, the complexity of food security can be simplified by focusing on three distinct, but interrelated dimensions: aggregated food availability, household food access, and individual food utilization.
The data for this edition was collected over an 18-month period by the Central Food Security Agency, provincial and district Food Security Offices, and from publications of the Central Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Forestry, National Disaster Management Agency, and Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency.
“I am very pleased to note that our development during the last five years has been able to reduce food insecure population in the country. Hence, Indonesia has shown its commitment to the world to reduce food insecurity as agreed in the Millennium Development Goals,” said President Yudhoyono. “With the Food Security and Vulnerability Atlas of Indonesia 2009, the Government could focus and prioritize its resources to address the key issues of food insecurity in a comprehensive manner. The Atlas would provide us with the necessary understanding of its root causes and hence would help in making appropriate policies and strategies in reducing food insecure population.”
The first Indonesian Food Insecurity Atlas (FIA) was launched in August 2005 by the Government and WFP. It ranked food insecurity in 265 rural districts of 30 provinces. WFP has been supporting the government in the development of the atlas since 2002.
“Based on our comparative analysis on the 2009 FSVA and the 2005 FIA, most districts showed improvements in all indicators, where 100 districts described as the most vulnerable to food insecurity experienced significant progresses compared to the other districts,” added Agriculture Minister Suswono.