IPB University and 7 World-renowned Institutions Collaborate in Webinars


Medical equipment is undoubtedly defined as one of the most important necessities during this global pandemic. It is unfortunate that national production of medical equipment reported in Indonesia is low, according to data from the Ministry of Health which shows that in 2019, production was only able to fulfill 6% of the demand. The high demand of medical equipment plus the Ministry of Health’s aim to achieve independency in production of technological and research-based medical equipment by 2022 creates a challenge for material sciences researchers, especially for biomaterial. IPB University’s Department of Physics (FIS), Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has been active in research of biomaterial. On May 14th, 2020, they invited Dr Hendra Hermawan, an associate professor from the Department of Materials Engineering, Laval University, Canada, as speaker who gave a lecture for 110 academia from various institutions, both from higher education institutions and research organizations. The lecture started with an introduction to the basics of metallurgy, continued by a presentation on various aspects, from biomaterial types, biomaterial manufacturing process, biomaterial failure, to factors to be considered in designing biomaterial. This interesting discussion was led by Dr Yessie Widya Sari, a FIS lecturer who has successfully obtained a patent in the field of biomaterial engineering. Many topics were discussed during the lecture, a few of them were related to material engineering to meet specific characteristics of implants and implants’ design process which is suitable for Indonesian (Asia) people’s anatomical characteristics which certainly differs from Caucasian anatomy.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted not just public health but has also threatened the agricultural supply chain which is essential for food security. This condition has moved IPB Department of Agribusiness Faculty of Economics and Management to hold Webinar titled “Agribusiness Strategic Talks: “Maintaining Agribusiness Sustainability in Time of Crisis” in partnership with the Agribusiness Association of Indonesia (AAI) on Tuesday (5/5). Dr Raoul Oberman, Co-Founder and CEO of Artemis Impact, and Desi Kusumadewi, Director of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), and Indro Surono, Vice President of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) Asia were present as speakers. In this opportunity, Dr Raoul explained that the current condition is inevitable. However, we must all have the capability to enjoy and gain wisdom on what can be done moving forwards by looking at the available opportunities. Dr Raoul mention that during the pandemic he is working on a solution to handle the agriculture challenges during the pandemic through a food care program. The objective of the food care program is to handle issues which came up in the supply chain and to fulfill the demand of food material due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is done by supplying staple food from local farmers who have lost buyers due to the closedown of many markets. The first step of this program is done by collecting the supply of staple food from local farmers which will then be brought to the warehouse. The supply will then be distributed to a meal center/soup kitchen and food stalls. Food will then be cooked and wrapped with the help of volunteers who are made up of chefs and supervisors. The last step is distribution of the food to settlements of the poor and slums within Jakarta.  The program aims to ensure the availability of food for those who have lost their source of income. All data related to volunteer contribution, output, and results will be recorded, documented, and given out to all stakeholders. According to Dr Raoul, in facing the current condition, the key is to create inner balance in all individuals. By finding the peace and inner balance, we can lead well in a critical situation. We can use #stayathome to pray, meditate and relax to find the presence of our inner balance.  Besides that, we can also pivot by reviewing and reflecting on our business constantly and paying attention to every available opportunity. During the times of the pandemic, transparency is a highly important thing. With it we can increase our credibility which is vital in a critical situation. Finally, we should all collaborate with each other to strengthen the capabilities of partners from several different sectors.

Due to high enthusiasm at former event, IPB Department of Agribusiness in this occasion organized another webinar from different esteemed experts, called Web-Seminar Agribusiness Strategic Talk in partnership with the Agribusiness Association of Indonesia (AAI). The topic of this webinar was “COVID-19: Implication for Agriculture and Food Supply Chains”. The webinar was held on Tuesday (12/5) and presented two main speakers, Dr Ammar Abdul Aziz (Senior Lecturer in Agribusiness Department, The University of Queensland, Australia) and Dr Risti Permani (Senior Lecturer in Agribusiness Department, Deakin University, Australia). The webinar was moderated by Dr Suprehatin (Lecturer of IPB University’s Agribusiness Department). Students and academicians from various universities/areas and government organizations attended the webinar enthusiastically through the Zoom Meeting application. In his introduction, Prof Dr Nunung Nuryartono, the Dean of IPB University’s FEM, explained that the lockdown regulation implemented to reduce the COVID-19 virus transmission has caused many countries to experience disturbances in the supply chain of agricultural and food commodities. He explained that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned many countries about the threat of food crisis in the coming future and hopes that all countries are prepared to face this threat. As the first speaker, Dr Risti Permani presented that COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all involved in the agriculture supply chain, from suppliers, producers, processors, distributors, retailers, to consumers. In the segment of consumers and retailers, panic buying would be caused in the short-term. In the distributor segment, logistic challenges appear in the form of limited transportation and mobility. In the processor segment, difficulty is faced in raw material input, while in the production segment, a lack of those in workforce and input in the field hinders the process. The second speaker, Dr Ammar Abdul Aziz explained that COVID-19 has impacted everyone, especially small-scale farmers and communities who are vulnerable in terms of resources, accessibility, and affordability. The step which should be taken to overcome this problem is the utilization of communication information and e-commerce, the government’s subsidiary help, participative partnership with the government, private companies, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) by bringing communities and small producers together, sustainable production, dividing the production risk, and finally a structured and scheduled distribution.

 

During this ongoing situation, many substantial sectors shall not be left behind discussions. Keeping in mind that Indonesia is a country with one of the vastest forest areas and is the world’s lungs, an issue in Indonesia’s forestry sector is a crucial thing. The Payment of Environmental Services (PES) is basically an economical scheme which was developed to support economical transactions towards services for the environment through a transfer of financial resources obtained as a benefit of certain environmental services. This is aimed for those who provide these services or for those who has the authority for the environmental resource being used in this case. Because of this, two entities in IPB Faculty of Economics and Management, which are the Department of Resource and Environmental Economics (ESL) and REESA (Resource and Environmental Economics Student Association) have collaborated in holding on online seminar which also acted as a Guest Lecture for the Forestry Economics Course, held with the theme “Payment for Environmental Services Implementation in Selected Countries: Challenge and Opportunities with Highlight in Forestry Sector”. The Webinar/Guest Lecture was made compulsory for ESL students in their sixth semester in replacement of a regular class, however it was also open to public, allowing 100 participants to attend on May 12th, the day of the lecture. For this event, three (3) speakers were invited to present. They were Prof Dr Nunung Nuryartono (Dean of IPB Faculty of Economics and Management), Andre Aquino (Senior National Resources Management Specialist at The World Bank), Andhyta Firselly (Environmental Economist at The World Bank) and Hari Priyadi (Technical Advisor at The World Bank, Senior Associate Researcher of IPB University) as a moderator. In general, the market for environmental services can be defined as an opportunity for people who are living within and around the conservation and forest areas to increase their quality of life. Besides that, this mechanism is also aimed to increase social capital and acknowledgement of the right to access natural and forest resources. PES is based on voluntary incentives who provides the environmental services to get paid, in addition it could help redistribute wealth and benefit local communities living near critical natural assets, it’s based on voluntary agreement between buyers and sellers. This webinar was held using the Google Meet application and Youtube Live Stream due to the high enthusiasm showed by participants who were composed of not only Indonesians, but also foreigners.



Published Date : 20-May-2020

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