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Newsletter February 2021 | Addressing a Nutritional Health and Poverty Crisis in Indonesia

Dear readers,

Indonesia could be staring down the barrel of a nutritional health crisis. Recent data from the national Statistics Agency showed that 1.63 million Indonesians were pushed into poverty between September 2019 to March 2020. This is notable as the increase occurred before Indonesia went into lockdowns over the pandemic.

Poverty in Indonesia is calculated by the necessary expenditures to afford a decent life. It includes expenses for essentials, 75% of which are food. During the September 2019-March 2020 period, we recorded staple food price increases. Rice went up 1.8%, chicken meat by 5.53%, eggs by 11%, and sugar by 13.3%. This means that food prices were the main drivers of poverty when the pandemic began.