In 2016, IAAS Indonesia is celebrating 25 years since its establishment. Ina Nasution, Mia Siscawati, Nelly Sunkar, Rita Silalahi, and Husni Rizal from Institut Pertanian Bogor were the first IAAS Indonesia members who attended the 34th IAAS World Congress 1991 in Thailand. Indonesia was finally officially accepted as a full member of IAAS a year after in 1992. Now we have 8 local committees across the country, they are they are IAAS LC IPB, IAAS LC UNPAD, IAAS LC UNS, IAAS LC UNDIP, IAAS LC UGM, IAAS LC UB, IAAS LC UNRAM and IAAS LC UNLAM.
It has been a challenging time for youth to take action in Agriculture. We realize that for the majority of young generations, agriculture is not an attractive sector. According to FAO, most of the world’s food is produced by old farmers in developing countries and old farmers are less likely to adopt the new technologies needed to increase agricultural productivity and ultimately feed the growing world population while protecting environment. Therefore, we should take a step to foster the young generation interest to be engaged in agriculture sector.
IAAS Indonesia itself has a mission to rebrand agriculture as a new sexy. It aims to spread the awareness that agriculture is an interesting, promising, and explorable sector. As the Vision of IAAS Indonesia is to be the Leading Agricultural Youth and Dedicated Organization, we conduct several programs such as:
It is an annual congress of IAAS that brings together all country member representatives across the globe. The 59th IAAS World Congress 2016 in Indonesia was held in Bogor, Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, and Malang. The main agenda of the congress are General Assembly, International Symposium and Summit, Workshop, Farm and Industrial Visit, Excursion, and Empowerment Program in the Village. The congress was attended by 60 delegates from all around the world.
Exchange program is the most anticipated program in IAAS. It is an internship-based activity where the participants can practice and learn more about agriculture There are two types of exchange programs, they are National Exchange Programs and International Exchange Programs. This year, national exchange program successfully got 87 partcipants to had internship in Agricultural Company, Farms, and Food Processing Center. While in International Exchange Programs, this year we sent five participants to have internship in Switzerland, Belgium and Germany. Besides that, we also received internees from Germany, France and Spain to had internship in Indonesia.
IAAS Indonesia held IAAS Summit as a breakthrough in order to carry the mission of rebranding agriculture in Indonesia for youths. It held at @america, Pacific Place Jakarta. We invited speakers to motivate the participant especially youth to involve in Agriculture, and make socialization about IAAS Indonesia.
IAAS Summit is a breakthrough brings a mission to “rebranding” agriculture in Indonesia especially for the youth. As “Bringing Agriculture to the New Sexy” is chosen as the topic, IAAS Summit will involved stakeholders to contribute together for developing agriculture in Indonesia, they are FAO Indonesia, US Embassy Jakarta Agriculture Counselor, IAAS Alumni, PT Pupuk Indonesia, PT Pandawa Putra Indonesia, Thought for Food Ambassador, SNV Indonesia, and OXFAM Indonesia. IAAS Summit was held on 22 October 2016 at @america, Pacific Place Mal Jakarta. It is supported by many partners and attended by approximately up to 100 participants.
IAAS Indonesia promotes the idea of youth to contribute for Indonesia’s agriculture with the theme “Empowering the Nation through the Villages”. YACT has three main focuses, such as Education, Agriculture and Environment, and Local Community Empowerment. IAAS Indonesia represented by IAAS Local Committee has eight Village Concept Projects, they are Cikarawang Village in Bogor, Gemawang Village in Semarang, Kemuning Village in Karanganyar, Taji Village in Malang, Bengkaung Village in Mataram, Guntung Baru Village in Banjar Baru and Genteng Village in Sumedang. This year, we successfully received 1231 applicants for volunteer. Besides VCP, we also held seminar and workshop about pulses (in accordance to FAO’ theme for 2016 which is International Year of Pulses).
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Snapfood is an online campaign initiated by IAAS Indonesia in 2015 to encourage the society especially youth to respect their food and farmers works. We realize that many people don’t have serious concern about this issue. So from this campaign, IAAS Indonesia hopes to spread the awareness especially for youth about the importance of foods and how to appreciate the farmers work. Since then, we have received more than 150 of total submission of Snapfood at our Instagram account.
As now we are entering 25th years of IAAS Indonesia, we hope to always be able to inspire the youth to get involved in agriculture and take many steps together to bring Indonesia’s agriculture sector to the top.