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U.S. Companies Engage Indonesia on Food Security

(Jakarta) A delegation of 12 member companies of the US-ASEAN Business Council’s Food & Agriculture Committee are visiting Indonesia this week. The delegation will discuss how U.S. companies can support the Government of Indonesia’s plans to improve food security and agricultural initiatives. This Industry Mission, the first U.S. mission to Indonesia to solely focus on Food & Agriculture issues, will be led by Ambassador Michael Michalak, Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director of the US-ASEAN Business Council, and Bruce Blakeman, Vice President for Corporate Affairs in the Asia-Pacific region for Cargill and Chair of the Council’s Food & Agriculture Committee. According to the United States Foreign Agricultural Service, Indonesia is the largest market in the region for U.S. agricultural exports, which totaled $3 billion in fiscal year 2014. Indonesia also ranks as the U.S.’ eighth largest market worldwide, with top U.S. agricultural exports including soybeans, wheat, cotton, dairy, and feeds and fodder.
“Our mission is timely as Indonesia considers different options for accomplishing food self-sufficiency goals, “said Ambassador Michael Michalak. “U.S. companies are eager to be a part of that solution through trade and investment, and the size of our delegation is a direct reflection of American business’ interest in the opportunities in Indonesia. The achievement of food security has been a key challenge faced by Indonesia and one key strategy for improvement is to support, facilitate and enhance international trade of food, and agricultural products.”
“Creating a food secure future for Indonesia will take the partnership and cooperation of the Indonesian government, its farmers, food producers and international food companies working together to make sure Indonesian consumers have access to safe and affordable food – whether it is produced in Indonesia or somewhere else in the world. This can best be done by Indonesian farmers growing the food where they have a competitive advantage, increasing their productivity in a sustainable fashion and leveraging the global food system. We as international food and input companies stand ready to help Indonesia reach this goal,” said Bruce Blakeman.

The delegation plans to meet with the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Environment & Forestry, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Health and the National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM), and will be hosting a lunch panel discussion with officials representing various food and agriculture trade associations in Indonesia.
Companies participating in the mission include Committee Chair Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland, Coca-Cola, Dow Agro Sciences, Elanco Animal Health, Monsanto, KPMG, MSD Animal Health, Philip Morris International, Syngenta, Yum! Brands Inc, and Zoetis.

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