Investing in data and innovation ecosystem to transform Indonesia’s agriculture

Agriculture is an important sector for Indonesia, contributes approximately 14 percent of the nation’s GDP, employs one-third of Indonesia’s labor force, and is dominated by smallholder farmers (93%). The sector is central to Indonesia’s capacity to nourish its growing and increasingly urbanized population with evolving food preferences. To meet those needs, it is essential to maintain and enhance agriculture’s productivity, sustainability, and competitiveness.

According to research by Mercy Corps and Rabo Foundation, the majority of farmers in Indonesia did not advance beyond primary school, are over 45 years old, and do not use the internet. The research also identified agriculture-specific digital solutions in Indonesia in 5 key areas: supply chain and data management, market access, digital financial services, digital information, and precision agriculture.

Written by: Lesly Goh