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Starting a healthy food

movement in Indonesia

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Hivos believes people should have access to sufficient, affordable and healthy food that is produced sustainably, now and in the future. Join us as we take you around the world to see inspiring examples of how we can change the food system together.

Healthy Generations Ahead

The increased consumption of processed fast foods in Indonesia, especially among children, has resulted in a double malnutrition burden. Almost 40 percent of children under five are stunted, and over 10 percent are overweight. Healthy diets for children start with their parents. School canteens also play an important role. Our short film, Healthy Generations Ahead, shows that if children can learn to develop healthy eating habits, knowledge of healthy diets can spread throughout the whole of Indonesia, making future generations healthy, too.

Sustainable Diets in Indonesia
Photo: Mark van Luyk / BrandOutLoud

Healthy food voices from canteens and kitchens

“I started the healthy canteen as a way to teach children to live healthy.” – Siti Latifah (school teacher, pictured above)

“If the government does not educate the community, healthy diets will be replaced totally by fast food.” – Haji Jono Wasinudin (Head of Sub-district, Ledokombo)

“Let’s make use of the foods around us and not rely on instant foods.” – Ibu Jumilah (housewife, farmer, and culinary entrepreneur)

Starting a healthy food movement in Indonesia
Ibu Jumilah, photo: Mark van Luyk / BrandOutLoud

Hivos and Sustainable Diets for All

Sustainable Diets for All is an advocacy program that uses evidence, including evidence generated by citizens, to help low-income communities in Bolivia, Indonesia, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia get better access to sustainable, diverse and nutritious food. The five-year (2016–2020) program is coordinated by Hivos, the International Institute for the Environment and Development (IIED), and partners in the five focal countries. We work with citizens and partner organizations to influence policies, market practices, government actors and international institutions to promote diets which are diverse, healthy, fair and green.

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