06 Jul Agri Urbanisation
Indonesia is one of our most active and closest trading nations. Mostly known for our live cattle trade, internally Indonesia has a thriving but shrinking agricultural base due to urbanization.
Indonesia has a population of 250,000,000 over a geographic just slightly larger than QLD. The average wage is circa $19,000 p.a with the agricultural sector providing around 49,000,000 jobs (being 41% of the total labour force).
Besides corporate farming that generally focuses on export crops, the residual of family farming plots concentrates on locally consumed products like rice, soybean, corn, fruits and vegetables.
This is not a story about Indonesia as it represents a global phenomenon across all developed and developing nations alike. It is a trend and rhetoric that speaks into the equation of food security and limited resource economics.