Poverty Reduction Strategy in the Agriculture Sector in West Java

Dean of the Vocational School (SV) of IPB University, Dr. Arief Daryanto said that there is a lot of empirical evidence in the world that the agricultural sector is very significant in helping reduce poverty, increase income and improve food security for the poor in rural areas. This was conveyed when he became a speaker in the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) Poverty Reduction Strategy in the Agriculture Sector in West Java held by West Java Bappeda, (9/4)

According to a World Bank report "Agriculture for the Development", the average agricultural growth is at least twice as effective in reducing poverty compared to off-farm growth. Agricultural growth reduces poverty directly by increasing agricultural income and indirectly through job creation and reducing food prices.

"The growth of agriculture in favor of the poor through producer organizations must be made more competitive and sustainable through institutional and technological innovations," he said.

In the institutional context it becomes interesting because the West Java Government is currently making the model of inclusive economic growth a mainstay in reducing poverty. The inclusive economic development model in West Java will focus on the economy of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and the rural economy based on digital revolution through the development of a "one village one company" (OVOC).

"Through the OVOC program, farmers are expected to have more access to assets (resources), market access, increase productivity and competitiveness, manage financial management and risk better, manage resources that are more sustainable (sustainable), have "voice" and "Accountability" through producer organizations or agricultural business organizations, increasing added value along the commodity value chain, and all of them will produce more quality job opportunities," he added.

On the occasion of the FGD, Dr. Arief Daryanto also stated that Technical Education, Vocational and Training (TVET) was believed by many as a tool for increasing productivity, competitiveness, closing skills gaps and reducing poverty in various countries. In this context, the presence of the Vocational School Campus of IPB in Sukabumi is expected to contribute significantly in reducing poverty in West Java. (RYS)

Published Date : 13-May-2019

Resource Person : Dr. Arief Daryanto

Keyword : Vocational School, Dr. Arif Daryanto, Agriculture, Poverty