When the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) was created, Indonesia was one of the first countries to receive WFP assistance. In 1964, food valued at US$1 million was provided for victims of the Mount Agung eruption in Bali. In addition to food, WFP also supported the restoration of roads and landlots, reconstruction of houses, rehabilitation of irrigation canals and growing of food crops. WFP continued its operations for 33 years, focusing on the empowerment of women through training, income-generating activities, and food assistance for victims of conflict. The office closed in 1996, by which time Indonesia had shown significant progress towards food self-sufficiency.
WFP returned in 1998 to respond to the effects of a drought caused by El Niño and to the impact of the Asian financial crisis, which caused many Indonesians to slide back into poverty.
Under the 2012-2015 Country Programme, WFP plays a catalytic role of support for the Government of Indonesia in achieving food and nutrition security for all and to build the foundations for Indonesia to become one of our global champions in defeating hunger and undernutrition.
Since 1998, WFP has supported more than 20 million food-insecure Indonesians, primarily in the aftermath of natural disasters and economic shocks.