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Country Indonesia Capital : Jakarta

Indonesia has a population of more than 251 million people. The agriculture and food sector in Indonesia accounts for 15-20% of gross national income.

It employs almost 40% of the country’s working population, and agricultural and food trade generates up to 15% of national exports.

Agricultural production focuses on the following food crops: maize, cassava, coconut, and banana.

28-32% of the food energy consumed in Indonesia comes from crops that are not native to the region. Most of these plants’ diversity is found elsewhere on the planet. There are 26,575 crop varieties in collections of crop diversity found in Indonesia compared to the more than 700,000 found in the international collections of crop diversity supported by the Crop Trust.

Indonesia acceded into the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in 2006, joining 132 other contracting parties in commitment to a global system.

The Crop Trust has supported 5 projects in Indonesia

  1. Aroids: The Crop Trust supported the Indonesian Center for Agricultural Biotechnology and Genetic Resources Research and Development (ICABIOGRAD) to regenerate and characterize 200 taro accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crops.
  2. Banana: The Crop Trust supported the Indonesian Tropical Fruit Research Institute (ITFRI) to regenerate and characterize 270 banana accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crop. 36 accessions are safety duplicated in Bioversity international.
  3. Maize: The Crop Trust supported the Indonesian Center for Agricultural Biotechnology and Genetic Resources Research and Development (ICABIOGRAD) to regenerate, characterize and safety duplicate in the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and Svalbard Global Seed Vault 150 maize accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crops.
  4. Rice: The Crop Trust supported the Indonesian Center for Agricultural Biotechnology and Genetic Resources Research and Development (ICABIOGRAD) to regenerate, characterize and safety duplicate 900 rice accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crops.
  5. Sweet Potato: The Crop Trust supported the Indonesian Center for Agricultural Biotechnology and Genetic Resources Research and Development (ICABIOGRAD) to regenerate and characterize 750 sweet potato accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crops. 245 accessions are safety duplicated in the International Potato Centre (CIP).