Despite the steady economic growth that Indonesia recorded during the pre-COVID-19 pandemic period, the country still faces some critical problems in food security and nutrition. Even though access to food increased and undernutrition continued to decrease over the last few years, the nutritional status of Indonesians is still low by international standards. Simultaneously, the country is witnessing increasing rates of overweight and obesity as well as assumed micronutrient deficiencies. Indonesia is thus facing a triple burden of malnutrition in which undernutrition co-exists with overnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. In addition, while still struggling to address long-standing food security and nutrition challenges, Indonesia is currently facing an unprecedented crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, new and enhanced strategies are needed for the country to achieve the 2030 Agenda, especially Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2), which states that by 2030 the country will end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
Due to the importance of food security and nutrition in Indonesia’s current situation and for the longer term development of the country, the SMERU Reseach Institute organized a public discussion on the challenges faced by Indonesia in achieving food security and improved nutrition as well as the potential solutions to address the problems in the upcoming Forum Kajian Pembangunan (FKP) seminar. The discussion aims to focus on the results of the “Strategic Review of Food Security and Nutrition in Indonesia: 2019-2020 Update” that SMERU has just completed.