The Role of Biotechnology in Promoting Food Security in Indonesia: More Effective Way to Improve Corn Production

08 Oct 2018 - 08 Oct 2018

This study is conducted to assess the potential impacts on the utilization of biotechnology in corn production in Indonesia, in particular the use of hybrid and genetically modified crops (GMCs). The study also would provide policy recommendations on the introduction and more intensive use of biotechnology.

More specifically, the study is intended to cover the following issues below.

  1. To assess the current situation of Indonesia’s corn production and consumption, and investigate competitiveness of Indonesian corn industry and production in the context of global market, and to examine factors behind the competitiveness issue. The study will also analyze potential corn demand in the future
  2. To assess the potential use of biotechnology to support the initiatives in increasing corn production and to analyse its effects, mostly from social and economic perspective.
  3. To examine corn farmers’ perception, and other stakeholders, on innovation and the application of biotechnology, including GMCs.
  4. To provide alternative policy framework recommendation for the government to introduce  biotechnology more intensively.

In order to get a better insight on how biotechnology can be applied in increasing corn production and promoting food security in Indonesia, this study takes several research approaches, ranging from literature review, secondary data analysis and modelling exercises, to primary data analysis. The result of this study will be published by CSIS, which is then followed by publishing a policy brief and conducting a series of public seminar on the role of biotechnology.