Statement by Indonesia Delegation Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food 31st Session of the Human Rights Council

March 7, 2016 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,
My delegation notes the reports by the Independent Expert on foreign debt and the Special Rapporteur on the right to food and thanks them for the presentation.
We would like to focus our comment on the issue of the right to food.
Indonesia attaches significant importance to ensure food resilience and security for its people. Various frameworks and programmes have been put in place, such as enacting Law No. 18/2012 on Food, Government Regulation No. 68/2002 on Food Security, National Action Plan for Food and Nutrition 2011 – 2015, and establishing State Logistics Agency (Badan Urusan Logistik/BULOG) and Food Security Agency (Badan Ketahanan Pangan/BKP). Our efforts are conducted with consultation, cooperation and partnership with relevant stakeholders, including civil society and farmers’ association. Together we strengthen that capacity and capability of the Community Food Distribution Body (Lembaga Distribusi Pangan Masyarakat) and Community Food Barn (Lumbung Pangan Masyarakat).
Nevertheless, we also understand that efforts need to be continuously enhanced and improved so that the goal of realizing the right to food for all can be attained. In this regard, we have extended an invitation to the Special Rapporteur for a country visit to Indonesia. We are hoping that the visit can materialize in mutually agreed time and modalities.
Turning to the report of the Special Rapporteur, we share the need and importance to include a gender-sensitive approach in realizing right to food. We underscore the important role played by women in ensuring food security to the family and community.
In this regard, we would like to pose a question to the Special Rapporteur: ‘What role of international partnership can play in closing the gender gap in agriculture, in particular in dealing with the changing global economic policy and the rise of corporate models of agriculture?’
I thank you.

Geneva, 7 March 2016