Improving nutrition in Indonesia

Helping to improve livelihoods through better nutritional standards

January 01, 2016

In Indonesia, many farmers and their families survive largely on a diet of rice and grains. It is a downward spiral. Farm workers would benefit from eating a more balanced diet because malnutrition can have a negative impact on health and, consequently, farm productivity and profitability. If productivity and profitability fall, then ultimately this further impacts poverty, health and nutrition.

To address this issue, we are working with Swisscontact’s partnership program to support households in improving their nutritional standards. By mid-2015, around 4,500 cocoa farmer household members had taken part in the training.

One issue that has come to our attention is the impact that a lack of water, or poor management of water resources, have on nutritional standards. Farmers often fail to maintain their vegetable gardens because they cannot not irrigate them during the long dry season. Another problem is that farmers cannot always acquire sufficient compost. We are trying to overcome this problem by showing farmers how to generate and manage their own supplies.

4,500 members of cocoa farmer households completed nutritional training

Cargill believes that gender inclusion is crucial to the program’s success because women are key influencers in favor of nutritional change within most families. As a result, malnourishment in children will be addressed, too.

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