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Evolution and Implementation of the Rastra Program in Indonesia

Timmer, Peter C. and Hastuti, Hastuti and Sumarto, Sudarno (2016): Evolution and Implementation of the Rastra Program in Indonesia. Published in: The 1.5 Billion People Question No. BOOK (30 September 2017): pp. 265-307.

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Abstract

The chapter reviews the history of Indonesia’s approach to food security for its citizens. It focuses particularly on three basic ways to achieve that goal: (a) stabilizing rice prices, especially in urban markets; (b) generating a widespread process of pro-poor growth that pulls the rural poor into a rapidly expanding economy; and (c) providing direct food subsidies to poor households, which it has pursued since 1998 through Rastra. The first half of the chapter lays out the historical and political economy perspective; the second half reviews the design, implementation, and impact of Rastra as of early 2017 and discusses briefly the most recent pilots to reform it. A final section discusses the lessons learned.

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