Technically, agriculture-related colleges and research institutions in Indonesia have the required capacity to develop agricultural technology for small-scale farmers. However, agricultural technology developed in many cases are not substantially relevant to farmer’s need, or cannot be afforded by low income farmers, or requires high operational cost, or fail to compete with similar technology available in market. Indonesian universities and research institutions should reorient their research activities. Research program should be driven by real needs or actual problems faced by Indonesian farmers.
These slides were used for my keynote presentation at the 2014 Annual National Seminar on Suboptimal Lands, Palembang, 26 September 2014.
The slides can be downloaded here: Inclusive and Sustainable Management of Suboptimal Lands for Productive Agriculture in Indonesia