Recent Case Study: UNESCAP-CAPSA
The IPSI Secretariat recently received a case study from partner organization the United Nations’ Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA), a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), based in Bogor, Indonesia. The case study is titled “Cultural-Based Policy for Sustainable Landscape in Kasepuhan Ciptagelar”.
Climate change is a risk for Indonesian farmers in deciding plantation timelines and avoiding crop failures. Additionally, Indonesia relies on rice as a staple food, requiring more sustainable landscapes and irrigated rice systems. Rice remains a priority of food crops development in Indonesia, particularly to reduce its import dependency. Many indigenous people in the country consider rice as a symbol of life, for instance, rice is a gift from the god for the natives in Ciptagelar, West Java. Farming practices in Ciptagelar follow ancestral principles. They implement non-intensive agriculture where the planting cycle only takes place once a year for six months duration. The customary laws do not allow rice trading, letting the natives depend economically on other agricultural commodities. They live in simplicity, protecting the environment as they have a high appreciation towards the land and totally obey the customary law. Restriction of cultivable area, strict rules in utilizing woods and exact planting periods are some examples of cultural-based policy leading Ciptagelar to social, economic and environmental sustainability.
For more information, please see the full write-up of the case study on the IPSI website here.