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Our support to Indonesia focuses on strengthening the agriculture sector, including crops, livestock, forestry, marine fisheries and aquaculture which are critical to reduce poverty, develop equity across the country, improve food security, and empowering women and girls.

Our work and collaboration in Indonesia has existed for over 35 years and is one of Australia’s most important bilateral relationships due to its strategic position and its influence in the region. The ACIAR country strategy focuses on reaching the poorer regions in Aceh, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Nusa Tenggara Timur, and Central Sulawesi (as well as developed provinces in Java, Bali and Sumatera). 

This diversity gives the program flexibility to improve livelihoods using alternative approaches, including ensuring food and nutritional security through enhanced productivity and quality, and improving market linkages for high-value products from smallholders.

We also support the longer-term sustainability of research outcomes through individual capacity-building and institutional development.

Country priorities

  • Ensuring food security and achieving self-sufficiency in key commodities, including developing policy to support export commodities, substituting imports and producing bio-energy raw materials.
  • Making agricultural products more competitive to improving the welfare of farmers and fishers.
  • Developing infrastructure and agro-industry in villages.
  • Protecting farmers by appropriate regulation and subsidies and improving governance.
  • Disseminating innovation and technology.
  • Adapting to and mitigating climate change
  • Rehabilitating peatland and managing fire.

Active projects by program area