LOMBOK, WEST NUSA TENGGARA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Provincial Government of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) today pledged to enhance cooperation during a workshop on “Strengthening Food Security and Community Resilience Against Disaster and Climate Change."
Chairman for the Advisory Council to the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Emil Salim; WFP Indonesia Representative, Coco Ushiyama; National Development Planning Agency, Deputy for Natural Resources and Environment, Endah Murniningtyas and Deputy Governor of NTB Province, Ir. Badrul Munir,MM, attended the event, which was preceded by a field visit to climate change adaptation projects in the province.
Also present were representatives from Coordinating Ministry for People’s Welfare, BAPPENAS, Food Security Agency, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture from Jakarta and various agencies from NTB provincial and district government.
"NTB is one of vulnerable areas in Indonesia to climate change impact. This province is also always proactive in seeking ways and efforts to secure food security in its area. Therefore, the Government of Indonesia welcomes the collaboration and synergies between WFP and NTB Provincial Government in an effort to strengthen the local community's food security in anticipation of disasters and climate change," said Endah Murniningtyas, Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environment, BAPPENAS.
Most rural families in NTB rely on small-scale agriculture, which depends on rainwater for irrigation. In future, climate change and extreme weather are expected to have an increasingly strong impact, making communities more vulnerable to food shortages.
“We are excited to showcase some of NTB’s best practices to enhance food security and resilience, and to combat the impact of climate change and natural disasters,” said WFP Indonesia Representative Coco Ushiyama. “Based on our joint experiences, we aim to strengthen the link between policy and practice, and contribute to knowledge sharing that develops sustainable and efficient food security programmes in at-risk areas.”
WFP, in collaboration with the NTB provincial government, has been helping the most vulnerable households to address short-term food insecurity and to build agricultural and rural infrastructure that benefits their communities in the medium and long term.
"Over four years since 2008, WFP’s Food-For-Asset programmes in NTB have provided food incentives to more than 73,000 people in four districts and successfully rehabilitated 4,000 hectares of degraded land by planting close to 6 million trees - both in agro-forestry and mangroves. We’ve also helped to build 28 new water catchment areas," Ushiyama said.
NTB Deputy Governor Ir. Badrul Munir,MM said, “We hope that the best practices from this workshop on protecting food security in the face of climate change and natural disasters can be replicated in other parts of the country facing similar challenges.”
In early 2012, the NTB provincial government launched the Provincial Action Plan on Food and Nutrition, which emphasizes food security and nutrition monitoring, as well as analysis tools to identify and prioritize social safety net programmes at provincial and district level.
The development of NTB’s Action Plan was coordinated by Bappeda NTB and supported by WFP, in cooperation with the University of Mataram and other agencies and NGOs.
Together with WFP, the NTB provincial government has also developed a Provincial Strategy and Action Plan for Food Security in anticipation of climate change, analyzing climate risks and their potential impact on food security in the province.
Working with the local government and the community, WFP has tailored its programmes to local needs, enabling vulnerable communities to benefit fully from efforts to enhance resilience and improve overall food security.
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