CISDI to Co-Organize EAT Asia Pacific Food Forum and Host the Indonesian Youth Food Forum
CISDI to hold Indonesian Youth Food Forum for Indonesian youth with high concern on food system sustainability, towards the first Asia Pacific Food Forum in 2017 

Jakarta, June 15, 2017 – Indonesia, led by the Ministry of Health, will host the Asia Pacific Food Forum, the first food forum in Asia Pacific that aims to co-design solutions in addressing food challenges. This forum will be held in Jakarta, October 30-31, 2017 and will invite more than 500 scientists, business sector, academicians and civil societies. Indonesian Ministry of Health will collaborate with EAT, global initiative that annually hosts Stockholm Food Forum and supported by Center for Indonesia’s Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI) as implementing partner.

Currently, the world faces a fundamental challenge in sustainably feeding a healthy diet to at least nine billion people by 2050. As one of the most populous region in the world, Asia Pacific is striving to combat deforestation, air pollution, malnutrition and rising greenhouse gas emissions. Unhealthy diets and the existing global food system nowadays has caused the increasing rate of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as well as negative environmental impact. According to data issued by WHO, approximately 1.7 million of deaths worldwide are attributable to low fruit and vegetable consumption1.

As one of the biggest countries in Asia Pacific, Indonesia has the potential to be at the frontline in championing food system sustainability. Diah Saminarsih, Special Adviser to Indonesian Minister of Health for Partnership and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Founder of CISDI explained, “The Asia Pacific Food Forum aims to answer challenges on the impact of climate change to food security, the effects of rapid urbanization on diets and the double burden of malnutrition in the most populous country in the region. Through Asia Pacific Food Forum, we expect to see the emerging of catalysts that could trigger regional transformation in achieving Sustainable Development Goals 2030.” Diah delivered this speech during the first day of Stockholm Food Forum held in Stockholm, June 12-13, 2017.

Anindita Sitepu, CISDI’s Programme Director, emphasized, the potential that Indonesia has to lead the way towards sustainable food system is enormous. One of which was affected by the high number of youth that created innovations to address the challenge. “The support that CISDI gave to the first Asia Pacific Food Forum is not only limited to our capacity as implementing partner, but we also see the massive interest and potential that our youth has in this discourse. The innovative ideas of Indonesian youth will contribute greatly to solve our current challenge. CISDI intended to highlight this potential by presenting the Indonesian Youth Food Forum and is most welcome to collaborate with any organizations or communities that share similar belief.” 

Indonesian Youth Food Forum, which to be held in Jakarta on October 21, 2017, is expected to become a platform for young academicians, youth organization representatives as well as other national institutions to take part and contribute to the transformation of the global food system. This action will optimize Indonesia’s potential as well as the Asia Pacific region in changing global policy and food system towards sustainability.

1WHO, Global Health Observatory Data, 2008.



Center for Indonesia’s Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI) is a civil society organization committed to contribute to Indonesia’s development that is equal, with health and youth as an entrance to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Transformed from the Office of President’s Special Envoy for Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), CISDI manages Pencerah Nusantara, Generasi Kreatif: Penggerak Nusantara, Peta Kemitraan and actively contribute to tobacco control.

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