RAINER HEUFERS

NEWS + ANALYSIS

OPEN MARKETS ARE THE BEST ANTIDOTE AGAINST THE COVID-19 CRISIS

March 23, 2020 | by Rainer Heufers

Earlier this month, I was invited by the Jakarta city government to speak about Indonesia’s food trade issues. When I asked what made garlic so expensive, the answer came quick and easy: COVID-19. Ninety percent of Indonesia’s garlic comes from China and since China was in lockdown, supplies dried up. Most Indonesians would have given the same answer, but that does not make it correct.

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OPENING UP FOOD TRADE IN INDONESIA A WIN FOR FORMER THINK TANK SHARK TANK WINNER

January 22, 2018 | by Rainer Heufers

The Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) won Atlas Network’s Think Tank Shark Tank competition in 2016 for its pitch to create a massive open online course to engage university students as part of a wider plan to open up food trade in Indonesia – specifically to move the country away from its protection of the local rice industry. In a sign of growing traction of CIPS’ efforts, the Indonesian government recently decided to import 500 thousand tons of rice from Vietnam and Thailand by the end of the month of January.

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