Indonesian Model of Food Security is appropriate for Cuba


The concept of agricultural development in Indonesia is that of changing the paradigm from “growth versus equity” to “growth through equity” and from “market and technology driven” to “people driven”, that have made the Indonesian rice production reach 35% of the total rice production of the ASEAN and an average of 20% more productive than the ASEAN member countries.


This point of view is considered to be appropriate to be applied in Cuba, taking into account that this is a nation that has high quality human resources due to its development model that stresses the importance of human development.


This was explained by H.S. Dillon, an Indonesian agricultural economy expert to the guests from different “Think tanks”, institutions, officials of government institutions, of the Cuban Communist Party, researchers and the Ambassadors of Asian countries during a seminar held in Havana on March 12th.


The Seminar was aimed at exchanging views on issues of food security, a very attractive subject to the discussed particularly by countries that are in the midst of achieving self-sufficiency in food production. At the moment, this issue has become of particular attention in Cuba that since the year 2008 has had to take great efforts in increasing its food production in order to decrease its dependence on imports.


The Seminar that was organized by the Indonesian Embassy in Havana and the Center of Studies on Asia and Oceania (“Centro de Estudios de Asia y Oceanía” / CEAO) made part of the commemoration activities on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Cuba. The Seminar was inaugurated by the Director of the CEAO, Mr. Juan Carretero Ibáñez and the Indonesian Ambassador in Havana, H.E. Mr. Banua Radja Manik.


Except for the lecture presented by H.S. Dillon, a presentation was also held by the young researcher of the CEAO, Christian Benvenuto on the current development in various spheres in Indonesia.


The Seminar was closed with the presentation of a documentary film of approximately 20 minutes duration on different aspects of development in 33 provinces of Indonesia. (Source: Indonesian Embassy, Havana)