The objective of the Memorandum of Understanding signed on January 20th by Ministers Teresa Bellanova and Syahrul Yasin Limpo at Salone Agricoltura of the Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policy is to bring Indonesia and Italy closer when it comes to agriculture, rural development and food processing.
Thirteen intervention areas and one objective: "promoting and encouraging the economic, scientific and technical cooperation between the two countries" driven by the interchange that has made Italy one of Indonesia's main partners "in the agricultural sector involving both research institutes and other organizations."
"With this document, we are strengthening a relationship that has great potential, also because Indonesia is a leading member of Asean, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. I am certain it will make it possible to exchange knowledge and increase the cooperation between our research institutes as well as the access to genetic resources in agriculture. We also aim at preserving plant genetic resources and using them sustainably," commented Minister Bellanova.
During the meeting, Bellanova and Yasin Limpo exchanged views on the agricultural systems of their respective countries.
"Italian agriculture is increasingly characterized by its high quality. Our key words are environmental, social and economic sustainability together with traceability and food security. Our consumers, just like European consumers, care about transparency, certified origins and the sustainability of the procurement chains," stressed Minister Bellanova.
"Our objective is clear: working towards an increasingly sustainable agriculture that can provide reliable answers when it comes to the climate crisis. Producers must be considered a strategic part of the solution because they can help prevent and compensate its effects. This is why they must be supported and encouraged, meaning we need to focus on research, innovation and technology. The challenge ahead of us is tough, but the quality of our businesses and of our research systems means we are optimistic. Cooperation and exchanges between countries, and between Italy and Indonesia in particular, are crucial also to spread knowledge and good practices. I hope that exchanges of technology and agricultural machinery will also benefit from the Memorandum."
The Memorandum focuses on the following areas of intervention: mechanization in agriculture; management of water resources; soil protection; production, processing, packaging, storage and commercialization of agricultural products; food safety; scientific and research activities; capacity building and planning for agricultural cooperatives, financial institutions and rural development; promotion and safeguarding of geographical indications.