SWITCH Asia Local Harvest

The project, supported by the EU, works within a consortium towards economic prosperity and poverty reduction in Indonesia. It promotes a “switch” to sustainable consumption and production of green, healthy, fair and local food.

What is wrong with the current food system?

The current food system has tremendous negative impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem resilience and human health. World Wildlife Fund surveys show that 90 percent of Indonesians know they consume environmentally-unfriendly products. And yet processed foods and chemical-laden imported produce are rapidly replacing and undermining traditional food systems in Indonesia. This threatens the health of both current and future generations. By promoting fair trade agricultural products, we can also strengthen the position of MSMEs and smallholder farmers and help them contribute to healthy diets for consumers while preserving biodiversity

How does the consortium work?

Hivos leads and works closely with a consortium of partners and also coordinates advocacy activities, while WWF Indonesia coordinates the project’s campaigns. The Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago and Non Timber Forest Product-Exchange Program run educational programs, and Association for Assistance to Women in Small Businesses are responsible for microfinance training for small-scale women entrepreneurs. Local Harvest uses methods including: information sharing; raising civil society awareness and engagement; training and education; and promoting resource efficiency and cleaner supply chains using the lifecycle approach. The project has also set up multi-stakeholder platforms to create a more favorable policy environment and broad commitment to more sustainable and equitable food systems in Indonesia.

Where

Indonesia

Results so far

The program is in its initial phase.

Period and budget

2018-2022, €2.5 million (80 percent from the EU, 10 percent from Hivos-IIED Sustainable Diets for All, 10 percent from WWF)

Partners

WWF Indonesia, Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), Association for Women in Small Business Assistance (ASPPUK), Non Timber Forest Product-Exchange Project (NTFP-EP) Indonesia