Food security through organic farming in Indonesia

by Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work
Food security through organic farming in Indonesia
Food security through organic farming in Indonesia
Food security through organic farming in Indonesia
Food security through organic farming in Indonesia
Food security through organic farming in Indonesia
Food security through organic farming in Indonesia
Food security through organic farming in Indonesia
Food security through organic farming in Indonesia
Food security through organic farming in Indonesia
Food security through organic farming in Indonesia
Food security through organic farming in Indonesia
Food security through organic farming in Indonesia
Food security through organic farming in Indonesia
Food security through organic farming in Indonesia
Food security through organic farming in Indonesia
Food security through organic farming in Indonesia

Based on data from the Central Bureau of National Statistics, Indonesia is in a state of emergency for the farming profession. Of the total 32 million farmers, only 15% of farmers are young people aged 18 to 33 years old. Most of the farmers, more specifically 62%, are aged 45-65 years and over. This condition is an irony for Indonesia which has huge agricultural potential. That is why our organic farm is committed to being the center of community development and developing the potential of young farmers.

Thanks to your support, our farm continues to be the home for many aspiring young farmers to learn all about organic farming. 

At the farm, we continue to receive students who are doing their on-the-ground training, mostly young adults who are in agricultural high school or university students majoring in agriculture. On average, we can receive up to 20 students every month who stay at the farm for several weeks. Recently, a few university students majoring in agriculture just finished their time with us. One of them, Tika, was generous enough to share her story.

“I loved my Internship here at YUM Organic Farm. I gained valuable knowledge and experience that I didn't get from lectures (I mostly learn theory at my university) such as utilizing vegetable waste into compost, pest management using a combination of plants with a strong odor, as well as practicing good and effective organic vegetable cultivation practices.

I'm grateful to be here, where I feel welcome in an environment that supports me to grow. I hope YUM Organic Farm will continue to provide space for students to study here in the future so that more young farmers like myself can get the essential knowledge and experience in sustainable organic farming practices!”

Although we spend a great deal of effort to maximize selling organic vegetables to our customers in Jakarta, the profits are far from being sustainable. Every donation you make ensures the running of the farm and supports us to continue to provide a learning space for many more students to come.

In other news: YUM’s 2021 Annual Report has been published! Find out more about all our activities by going to YUM 2021 Annual Report

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YUM Organic Farm certificate
YUM Organic Farm certificate

Hi friends of the farm,

As you read on our title, we are officially certified organic! Since we started, we’ve been using only organic farming methods at our farm. From growing our vegetables to making our own compost, we make sure that we don’t use any pesticides and even make sure the materials we put in our compost are all organic as well. Thanks to your donations, we were finally able to start the process last December. After preparing all our documents and submitting all the requirements, an auditor came to our farm and stayed for a 4-day assessment. We’re so proud to finally have this recognition, and we’re now more confident in marketing our products to a larger market. Hopefully this will enable the farm to slowly increase our income.

Another wonderful news on our farm is that, due to a decrease in covid cases, we are now able to open for visitors. Our first visitors were students and teachers from the Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS). Around 30 high school students spent a few hours with us learning about sustainable agriculture, straight from our farmers. They also spent the day doing various projects around YUM’s community center, such as painting the playground and preparing food packages for the elderly. We believe that part of our work as a nonprofit organization is to reach out to the future generation to show them the impact that they can make by helping those in need as well as the environment.

We take this opportunity to thank you for helping the farm continue its work - we’ve come a long way since the beginning of this fundraiser. However, we still have another $20,000 to go in order to really make some big changes on our farm. Please still keep us in mind when you’re in conversation with your family and friends - every donation counts.

Sightseeing before the activity at the farm
Sightseeing before the activity at the farm
Harvesting
Harvesting
Repainting the front wall of YUM Library
Repainting the front wall of YUM Library
Repainting YUM Playground
Repainting YUM Playground
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Vegetables basket distribution
Vegetables basket distribution

Hello friends of the farm,

As you might know, our farm is situated in the rural mountains of West Java, among a population of farmers and families who struggle on a daily basis. During the pandemic, we found that more and more people around us were finding it hard to put food on their table. The families with a single breadwinner are the most affected in this situation, and it’s even worse for the elderly who live alone. 

In order to provide support in nutritious food, YUM, the non-profit behind the organic farm, came up with several ideas: First of all, the farm would provide vegetables on a monthly basis to pregnant mothers to ensure that they remain healthy during their pregnancy. With one out of three babies born stunted in Indonesia, it’s crucial for the mother to have proper nutrition during her pregnancy (see our  YUM project in stunting and its prevention ). And secondly, the farm would also provide vegetables to the elderly and other families in need, such as those with single parents. Since we began distributing baskets to this second category in July 2021,  we have provided 313 baskets for those in need. 

Our farm is more than just a learning facility or a commercial farm producing vegetables - our roots are deep in community service, and we do hope that with your help, we can continue to do just that!

We’d like to take this opportunity to let you know that next month, from April 4-8, GlobalGiving will be matching all your donations up to $50 at 50% for the #LittleByLittle campaign. We hope you’ll join us during this campaign - or better yet, become a fundraiser like our friend Lily!

Vegetables basket for the pregnant mother
Vegetables basket for the pregnant mother
Vegetables basket for the elderly
Vegetables basket for the elderly
Vegetables basket for the street vendor
Vegetables basket for the street vendor
Tomato harvesting
Tomato harvesting
Planting activity at the farm
Planting activity at the farm
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Dear friends,

Due to the decrease in the number of covid cases in Indonesia, we're extremely happy to be able to reopen our doors to young farmers wishing to do internships on our farm!

Recently, we welcomed 10 students from a nearby farming high school. The students spent almost 3 months on our farm, working alongside our farmers. Besides field work, they also had the opportunity to have sit-down discussions with our head farmer to ask questions and review the day's work.

With only theoretical studies at school, the students were very happy to finally be able to get their hands on real farming action. What they realised while on the farm is that working with nature comes with many challenges. The change of seasons, which is nowadays more unpredictable due to the climate crisis, creates a need for different types of interventions, especially when it comes to organic farming.

Besides participating in the everyday tasks at the farm, the students were also able to learn about the marketing side of the business. Unline many farmers who go through middlemen, the YUM Organic Farm has its own website and clientele. This type of business comes with its own upside and challenges.

Indonesia lost around 5 million farmers between 2003 and 2013. The trend is expected to continue, and by 2063, we could lose all our farmers. That's why the work of keeping young farmers excited and enthusiastic is so important. 

We take this opportunity to thank you for helping the farm continue its work, and ensuring that these internships for young farmers can take place. If you want to continue supporting this project, TODAY GlobalGiving is giving away one million dollars to nonprofits around the world as part of their #MoveAMillion campaign for #GivingTuesday. 

By donating today, your generosity can help us unlock a share of those funds!

Warmly,

Vanessa

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Fresh green salads harvested on the farm
Fresh green salads harvested on the farm

Dear friends of the farm, 

First of all, a big heartfelt appreciation for your generosity! 

In a matter of 2 months only, we have received 90 donations, and been supported by 2 fundraisers and 3 monthly donors! During the Little By Little campaign last month, this project ended up ranked #35 out of more than 5,000 projects! Our farmers are ecstatic with just how generous everyone has been.

And so the work begins...

Because we’ve raised more than $6,950, the first thing we have started to do is prepare for the organic certification that will enable us to offer our produce in more professional markets. We’ll keep you posted on this journey; we are aiming to obtain this certification by the beginning of 2022.

The farm also badly needed better irrigation so that when the rainy season starts, the vegetable beds won't be flooded. That's another thing that your donation is helping with right now!

But better yet, your support is keeping us going so we can continue to provide fresh, organic, nutrition-filled vegetables for our elderly and pregnant mothers. Every week, vegetables are distributed to those most in need in the community.

However, we’re not yet out of the woods - we still have another $29,000 to go in order to improve our production and operations so we can start seeing profits and long-term sustainability. If we can get there, it will be transformational for the farm!

This is where you come in...

Please keep us in mind when you are in conversation with your family and friends - every donation counts. We welcome all those who are willing to create a Fundraiser on our behalf - maybe you’re thinking of running a marathon like one of our fundraisers (Go Lily)! or celebrating a birthday? :)

We'll keep updating you, but please feel free to send us a message if you want to know more about our farm! You can reach us by email (organicfarm@yumindonesia.org) or DM us on Instagram.

End of the day at the farm
End of the day at the farm
Free vegetable baskets for the elderly
Free vegetable baskets for the elderly
Meet Oleh (right), our head of farm and Rokhani
Meet Oleh (right), our head of farm and Rokhani

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Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work

Location: Jakarta, DKI - Indonesia
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Project Leader:
Vanessa Reksodipoetro
Jakarta, DKI Indonesia
$16,606 raised of $36,000 goal
 
194 donations
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