The Risks and Dilemma of Food Imports: Assessment of Indonesia Dependence to Australian Wheat Imports

  • Sartika Soesilowati


This study focuses on the vulnerability aspect of Indonesian food security by examining imported wheat, particularly from Australia. Indonesia has a long record an effort to achieve Food Security and self sufficiency. In fact, this country still depends significantly on food import as the case of Australia’s wheat imports is illustrative. Trend of Indonesian wheat dependence to Australia needs to carefully assess the risk to national food security. What does it meant the dependence of Indonesia to Australian imported wheat for Food Security? Does dominancy of the supply has sustained Indonesian food security or it has merely contributed to food insecurity? What are any challenge for sustainability of Indonesia food security in the future? This paper argues that Indonesia is facing dilemmas as a result of the nature of the dominance Australian imported wheat in this country.