Head of IPB University Center of Disaster Studies Discusses Food Mitigation in Facing Hydrological Disasters

The astronomical location of Indonesia causes the Indonesian region to be prone to disasters. According to data from BNPB (National Disaster Management Agency), natural disasters have been increasing from year to year in the past decade.

In early November 2021, the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) had even warned of the impact of extreme El Nina weather until February 2022. Seven provinces that play a major role in producing food commodities in the country have a high category of natural disaster risk index. Namely North Sumatra, West Sumatra, West Java, Central Java, South Kalimantan, South Sulawesi and Maluku.

Therefore, the discussion on Food Mitigation in Facing Hydrological Disasters: Availability of Food Stocks and Protection of Farmers was held in collaboration with the Disaster Study Center (PSB) of IPB University and the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture. The Rector of IPB University, Prof Arif Satria, said that the agricultural sector is very important to maintain human survival. The COVID-19 crisis and pandemic should be used as a momentum to realize food self-sufficiency.

"Therefore, I think this is important (discussed) so that we must respond to this disaster with effective mitigations. Therefore, the Disaster Study Center of IPB University has a specialty in dealing with agricultural and forestry problems in dealing with disasters," he said.

Dr Doni Yusri, Head of the Center of Disaster Studies, Institute for Research and Community Service (LPPM) IPB University, explained that disaster mitigation does not mean avoiding disasters that occur. But at least it can minimize the impact. He looked at the supply chain from disaster service centers to distribution to consumers. He considered that collaborative action was very important. He is optimistic that future disaster mitigation strategies will be more advanced. Each agency has a disaster mitigation program that should be put together as collaborative action.

"Future practice can be the basis for disaster mitigation. How to make disaster management a part of the educational chain is a topic of discussion and must be internalized earlier. If necessary, not only at the tertiary level but starting from elementary, middle, and upper education," he said.

According to him, disasters in Indonesia are often repeated events. If you take lessons in early 2021, the impact of climate change will be even more surprising. Downstream food logistics management is reasonable anticipation.

He conveyed that disaster mitigation in ensuring food availability must pay attention to two keys. The keys include hardware in the form of food logistics and software in the state of awareness. "In addition, it is necessary to approach the community and form a disaster-resilient village. Instilling awareness and providing education in a more friendly manner is the most important action," he said. (MW/Zul) (IAAS/MFR)

Published Date : 25-Nov-2021

Resource Person : Dr Doni Yusri, Prof Arif Satria

Keyword : Center of Disaster Studies, LPPM, Rector of IPB University, mitigation, disaster