Indra Lubis of the Indonesia Political Economy Association, discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small farmers and informal workers in Indonesia. He explains the government’s response to tackle the food crisis by setting up a food estates as part of the National Strategic Project. Presenting a critique of the Indonesian government’s ‘one size fits all’ plan, Lubis points out that a more fundamental change in the food production system is required. This can only be achieved through a thorough agrarian reforms programme.
This presentation was part of the webinar ‘COVID-19: Deglobalization and the opportunity for Food Sovereignty’, organised by Global Dialogue for Systemic Change Focus on the Global South, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung-South Asia and Newsclick . It was broadcasted on 9 July, 2020.