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Indonesia 17: The Baliem Valley of Papua


The Baliem Valley is located at Papua central highlands and the largest town in this valley is Wamena which is also the capital of the regency. The valley is about 80 km in length by 20 km in width and lies at an altitude of about 1,600-1,700 meter above sea level. Land access to Wamena in very limited, but accessible by air transportation.

Dani is the major ethnic in this valley. Their main staple food is sweet potato. In rural area, at outskirt of Wamena, they mostly live in traditional houses with cone-shape roof. It is interesting to see people in this area, showing a unique mixture of those wear very traditional attire made of natural materials and those wear conventional clothings. Popular sport in this region is soccer and Wamena has a strong soccer team, competing at national soccer league.





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My Opinion 16: Inovasi Pertanian dan Perubahan Iklim


Kesadaran bahwa iklim global telah dan sedang berubah, sudah sangat berhasil dibangun. Tentu ini merupakan hasil dari berbagai kegiatan, mulai dari konferensi tingkat tinggi dunia sampai ke diskusi terbatas di lingkungan akademik. Liputan media massa juga berperan besar dalam hal ini.

Perubahan iklim ini jelas perlu diantisipasi dan disiasati agar keberlanjutan proses produksi pangan dapat dijamin. Butuh inovasi baru untuk menjawab tantangan ini:

Pertama, jika selama ini lebih fokus pada upaya menghasilkan varietas unggul dengan daya hasil tinggi (high-yielding varieties, HYV), maka sekarang harus lebih fokus pada upaya menghasilkan varietas tanaman yang mampu beradaptasi dengan baik pada kondisi tanah dan iklim yang sub-optimal, terutama pada kondisi tanah dengan salinitas tinggi, kekeringan, dan genangan tinggi.

Kedua, ….

Ketiga, ….

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Indonesia 16: Pacu Jawi – Cow Race on Muddy Rice Field


Pacu Jawi is a traditional and unique cow race conducted on wet, muddy rice field after harvesting the crop. The race has become a tourism icon at Tanah Datar Regency, West Sumatera. Every year, there are four races at Pariangan, Rambatan, Lima Kaum, and Sungai Tarab Districts. These pictures were captured at Sungai Tarab. During the race, there are some side events, including carnival, traditional dances, musical performances, and other recreational activities.









My Opinion 15: Subsidi Pupuk untuk Siapa?


Kelangkaan dan kemahalan harga masih selalu menjadi isu yang menggelisahkan petani pangan setiap awal musim tanam, saat pupuk sangat dibutuhkan. Persoalan ini selalu berulang dari tahun ke tahun. Bagaikan lingkaran setan yang tidak dapat diputus, atau mungkin juga karena tidak ada keinginan yang kuat untuk memutuskannya?

Walaupun kebijakan subsidi yang diarahkan pada produsen pupuk telah terbukti tidak efektif membantu petani pangan, terindikasi dari banyaknya jenis dan besarnya volume penyelewengan; langkah pengalihan subsidi agar langsung kepada petani juga perlu dipersiapkan dengan matang. Perlu didahului dengan sosialisasi kepada seluruh stakeholder dan edukasi kepada petani calon penerima.

Kesiapan infrastruktur pendukung perlu dimatangkan. Produk hukum untuk menjadi landasan kebijakan ini perlu disiapkan. Dedikasi dan ketegasan aparatur pengawasannya perlu pula dimantabkan. Persiapan yang matang akan selalu diperlukan sebagai modal awal untuk menuju keberhasilan implementasi kebijakan.

Satu hal penting yang selalu perlu diingat adalah bahwa membantu petani dalam memproduksi pangan pada dasarnya juga bermakna membantu setiap individu masyarakat termasuk diri kita sendiri agar selalu terjamin pasokan pangan untuk dapat bertahan hidup.

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Indonesia 15: Weekend in Jakarta


After five hectic weekdays, a logical question will be: what do the Jakartans do for the following weekend as a reward for their hard works?

Well, there are so many options!
Of course, the first option will be spending time with the family, either just relaxing at home, watching multi channels TV with favorite programs or going out for nice meals, watching movie at a comfortable cinema, doing some exercises or sports or recreational activities or sharpening your skill on your hobby or … the options seem to be unlimited!

There is’car-free day’ program at main streets (Thamrin and Sudirman) every sunday morning. Yes, now it is every sunday morning! There are many street attractions, open stages, and products promo too 😛
There are many recreational places, such as Ancol Amusement Park, Ragunan Zoo, some water recreational parks. Of courses, there are countless shopping malls.

So many options. You just need to make up your mind …







Planet Earth 06: People of Mandalay, Myanmar


Mandalay is the cultural center of Myanmar. However, cultural values of Mandalay is declining slowly and steadily in recent years. Mandalay remains the city with the richest Burmese culture, arts, artisans and architecture, as well as the most important center of Buddhist teaching and learning in Myanmar.

Most women and girls use tanakar, a kind of powder from a tree bark as a natural cosmetic substance. Most men wear longins, something like sarong.

With the mass migration of Chinese people in recent years, Mandalay sees the rise of Chinese culture. Some part of the city is already turned into small china towns, with predominantly Chinese architecture.







Indonesia 14: Life at Rural Rote


Rote Island is part of the Rote-Ndao Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province. It has an area of 1,200 km2 (463 sq mi). The island is situated to the southwest of the larger island of Timor. The southest island of Indonesia (Dana Island) is only few miles from south coast of Rote. Population of Rote-Ndao Regency was 119,711 persons (2010). The capital of Rote-Ndao regency is Baa, located at norther side of Rote Island. There is a daily ferry to the island from Kupang. The trip between Kupang and Ba’a takes around 2 hours.

These are some photos of rural people that I captured in Rote. Presented in black & white version.






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