A farmer collects onions during the harvest in Pekan Bada, near Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Photo: AFP A farmer collects onions during the harvest in Pekan Bada, near Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Photo: AFP
A farmer collects onions during the harvest in Pekan Bada, near Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Photo: AFP
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
Opinion

Opinion

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Dikanaya Tarahita

To feed a hungry nation, Indonesia can follow China’s blueprint

  • Despite seeing solid economic growth over the past decade, Indonesia still cannot meet the food needs of nearly 20 million people
  • Jakarta can close the gap by following China’s model for land use and by introducing technological advances and institutional reforms

A farmer collects onions during the harvest in Pekan Bada, near Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Photo: AFP A farmer collects onions during the harvest in Pekan Bada, near Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Photo: AFP
A farmer collects onions during the harvest in Pekan Bada, near Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Photo: AFP
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Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat is an academic at Universitas Islam Indonesia and is a researcher associate at Jakarta-based Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF). His research focuses on China's foreign policy in Indonesia and the Middle East. He completed his PhD on the Belt and Road Initiatives in the Gulf at the University of Manchester in 2018.