International English version of the Indonesian National Strategy for Agroforestry Research 2012–2030
The Forestry Research and Development Agency of the Ministry of Forestry, Republic of Indonesia, launched the English-language version of its National Strategy for Agroforestry Research in Jakarta, says Robert Finlayson
The Forestry Research and Development Agency (FORDA) celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013 and the World Agroforestry Centre’s Southeast Asia Program (and the Indonesia and Philippine programs) celebrated its 20th. In recognition of the strong partnership developed over the decades, FORDA, with support from the Centre, has published the English-language version of its National Strategy for Agroforestry Research 2012–2030.
‘With the publication of this document, research and development activities in the field of agroforestry have a clear direction,’ said Dr Ir Iman Santoso MSc, former director general of FORDA, at the launch of the English-language version at the World Agroforestry Centre’s anniversary celebrations at the Ministry of Forestry in Jakarta on Wednesday, 11 December 2013.
Dr Santoso pointed out that the strategy is not intended only for the Ministry of Forestry but also to support agroforestry research and development by various parties nationally. Moreover, the English-language version will allow the world to understand Indonesia’s far-seeing wisdom.
As realization grows of the important role that agroforestry plays in feeding hundreds of millions, generating income and mitigating the effects of climate change, the national strategy once again places Indonesia into the world spotlight.
‘Internationally, the development of agroforestry policies is now on the agenda, supported by a new guidebook from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,’ commented Dr Tony Simons, director general of the World Agroforestry Centre in his preface to the national strategy. ‘The guidebook quotes positive examples from Indonesia as inspiration for other countries but is realistic about the many challenges remaining.’
Dr Ujjwal Pradhan, regional coordinator of the World Agroforestry Centre in Southeast Asia, also commented that his team were ‘very proud and honoured that we have been able to support FORDA prepare the national strategy, especially for the Ministry, which plays such an important role in the lives of millions of Indonesians who live under the jurisdiction of the Forestry Law, and for the many organizations who also conduct research and development involving trees and agriculture in Indonesia. Together with our partners, we will do all we can to help Indonesia implement the strategy and realize a sustainable, inclusive and healthy future.’
Vision of the national strategy
‘Agroforestry is widely adopted by communities as an integrated land-use system that can enhance the productivity of agricultural land and forests to meet the demand for food, shelter, energy and other environmental services as a buffer of life, which is based on the development of science and technology in accordance with local wisdom.’
This work is linked to the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry