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New Generation of Indonesian Cooking Multistakeholder platform in Bandung, Indonesia

  • Published on February 13, 2019
New Generation for Indonesian Cooking (NGIC) is a gastronomic movement initiative aimed to stimulate sustainable and healthy food consumption in Indonesia.
New Generation for Indonesian Cooking (NGIC) is a gastronomic movement initiative aimed to stimulate sustainable food consumption in Indonesia. Established in 2016, the project has gathered food sector players from government (national and local levels), private sector including SMEs and business associations, academia, CSOs and community representatives. Bandung, the capital of West Java province, was selected as the pilot site due to its strong culinary heritage and enabling 'creative' environment. From the economic-environmental perspective, the programmed highlighted the potential contribution to a sustainable food system in the urban level especially from the actors in the food service sector: most notably chefs, but also include restaurants, hotels, and small scale food producers. With the workshops organized that featured experts sharing among others about the current food system situation in Bandung – over 80% of the food sourced beyond the city's suburb - and also the diminishing consumption of locally-based healthy food, some of these actors have committed to establish a joint movement of their own. NGIC is also unique since it has become a case study on the implementation of circular economy in Indonesia based on its holistic approach integrating all aspects of the food chain. In the economic-social aspects, the initiative has created a 'coalition of the willing' that is consisted for various levels of businesses from hotels to small-scale urban farmers to the Bandung chamber of commerce and industry. The fact remains that often food business actors do not often collaborate with each other, let alone to pursue a common goal for the sake of their city's food system. The initiatives have also invited participation from food vendor association in the group so as to make the initiative even more inclusive. These actors are active participants in two of the three working groups: 'educate' and 'act'. Since this is a multistakeholder effort, the representative from consumers are also involved, especially in the campaign working group, led by youth communities. Due to the support we have from national actors such as the Ministries and ICA, we believe we could expand the initiative to other urban centers in Indonesia. Now with the new program under EU Switch Asia that Hivos coordinates and will focus in five cities in Indonesia (including Bandung), we believe the NGIC initiative could and should serve as an example on multi-actor initiatives that involve active participation from the city's food system players. lessons learned • Managing the platforms members: Facilitation skills is crucial since sometimes the private sector players refrain from close collaboration with government agencies (usually due to unsatisfying past experiences or afraid of corruption practices). • Getting the champions in the room: A multistakeholder platform can only last when there is ownership and also stable participation from committed actors. . We now have strong relationship with the Food and Agriculture Agency in Bandung because of this.

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