UNIDO to develop tempe, seaweed industries in Indonesia

[Indonesia] The United Nations Industrial Development Organization ( UNIDO ) and Indonesia’s Industry Ministry have proposed supporting the tempe ( fermented soybean ) and seaweed industries to help undernourished people in marginalized areas and elevate their economic condition.

The programs are two out of eight programs being proposed by UNIDO and Indonesia under the UNIDO-Indonesia Country Program 2016-2020 to donor countries and institutions including Austria, China, Finland, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Switzerland, the United States, the World Bank, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility and the Montreal Protocol.

Achmad Sigit Dwiwahjono, the ministry’s director general for international industrial access development and security, said the seaweed development would be carried out in Sumenep, East Java.

“We have the natural resources but their processed products are not internationally certified yet so we need to do this for the seaweed industry so they can go international by improving their business and linking up with good traders,” he said on the sidelines of the UNIDO-Indonesia Country Program 2016-2020 document signing ceremony at the Industry Ministry in Jakarta on Monday.

The development of tempe, meanwhile, will be encouraged in various marginalized areas nation-wide to improve the nutrition of residents.

Besides seaweed and tempe, there are six other projects related to green industrial practices that are also being proposed.

All the projects are set to run until 2020 with committed funds of US$40 million from UN countries.

UNIDO seeks to ensure that industrial development in the world goes hand-in-hand with poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.

 

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