India, Indonesia to team up for food security

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Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) with India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Eager to add “further depth and content” to the strategic partnership established in 2005, India and Indonesia on October 11 decided to join hands to ensure food security for their people by common stockpiling of reserves.

Food security appeared a major priority for Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his one-to-one meeting with India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and at delegation-level talks in Jakarta.

The President brought up the need for the two sides to work together to ensure adequate food stocks for the people of two of the four most populous countries. According to External Affairs Ministry officials, both sides acknowledged that the two countries could not afford imports and were of the view that food security should be met bilaterally.

Yudhoyono stressed the need to safeguard the food market from price distortions. Also there is an intent to work together further in the World Trade Organisation to make it more just for protecting food security requirements.

Acknowledging the urgency shown by Yudhoyono, Singh said officials were asked to work towards drawing up concrete proposals in this regard. Officials said the two countries would look at possibilities of common stockpiling of food reserves. Indonesia also evinced interest in India’s food security law.

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Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) with India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Eager to add “further depth and content” to the strategic partnership established in 2005, India and Indonesia on October 11 decided to join hands to ensure food security for their people by common stockpiling of reserves.

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Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) with India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Eager to add “further depth and content” to the strategic partnership established in 2005, India and Indonesia on October 11 decided to join hands to ensure food security for their people by common stockpiling of reserves.

Food security appeared a major priority for Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his one-to-one meeting with India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and at delegation-level talks in Jakarta.

The President brought up the need for the two sides to work together to ensure adequate food stocks for the people of two of the four most populous countries. According to External Affairs Ministry officials, both sides acknowledged that the two countries could not afford imports and were of the view that food security should be met bilaterally.

Yudhoyono stressed the need to safeguard the food market from price distortions. Also there is an intent to work together further in the World Trade Organisation to make it more just for protecting food security requirements.

Acknowledging the urgency shown by Yudhoyono, Singh said officials were asked to work towards drawing up concrete proposals in this regard. Officials said the two countries would look at possibilities of common stockpiling of food reserves. Indonesia also evinced interest in India’s food security law.

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