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SEAP Brown Bag Lecture Series, " Shortage in the midst of abundance: Food insecurity condition in Papua,Indonesia"

Speaker Information: Fitry Pakiding (Professor, State University of Papua)

The Papua region is the easternmost part of Indonesia, which is known to have great
natural resources, both renewable as well as nonrenewable. Its landscape has a variety of
geography features which creates variation in its microclimates: enabling a variety of flora
and fauna to grow well on this land. It is also known to be home to a vast array of marine
species. Thus, the region has abundant sources of food for its people. The extraction of
its nonrenewable resources has also contributed to this region having among the highest
average per capita income of provinces in the nation. Paradoxically, despite its abundance
in food resources, the food insecurity atlas released by the World Food Programme (WFP)
and the Indonesian Division of Food Security (2009) depicts the fact that most parts of this
region have the highest vulnerability to food insecurity. Many efforts have been dedicated
both nationally and provincially to address these problems. However, most programs
to encounter food insecurity issues in this area took very little consideration of specific
conditions of the people in this area and rely heavily on national policy. Unfortunately,
sufficient information to help policy makers to deal more effectively with the problems is
not yet available due to a lack of support from research in this subject. Therefore, a call
for various researches is an urgent matter to avoid the same mistakes of generalizing food
security strategies in the region with a very complex environment, governance and socio
economic setting such as in the Papua region.

11/15/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Kahin Center, 640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850
SEAP Graduate Student Committee; partial funding from the U.S Department of Education as part of SEAP's designation as a National Resource Center
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