One of Golive Indonesia enthusiast, Rida Akzar, was invited to Rosefield Local Community (RLC) monthly event “Men’s breakfast” in Adelaide on Tuesday May 10th 2016. Rida was there to present his current master research project on “Innovations Adoption of Indonesian Dairy Farmers”. RLC manages this breakfast on every second Tuesday of the month. RLC regularly invites students or researchers to present their research or interest on various topics. Rida was invited by Mr Brian Jefferies, member of RLC, whom he met from Adelaide University’s program that links international student with local family, Experience Adelaide.
This time around, the event was attended by around 20 people from different occupation and backgrounds, such as scientists, doctors, lecturer, environmentalist, dairy farmers etc. After enjoying breakfast together, the discussion went on for about forty minutes consisting of presentation and discussion time. Prior to Rida’s presentation, Mr Rob Rodenburg, RLC’s coordinator asked Rida to elaborate more on Indonesia. He acknowledges that Indonesia-Australia are neighbors but not many is understood about Indonesia so far. Indeed, Rida’s research topic provides a great opportunity to get to know more about Indonesian dairy farm industry.
Rida started his presentation with a quote from Brenda Schoepp that says “My grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a preacher, a policeman, but everyday, three times a day we need a farmer”. The room was lit up with smiles showing anticipation towards the presentation. The presentation began with elaborating the concept of innovation adoption in agricultural sector in developing countries. Rida puts emphasis on the obstacles faced by smallholder’s farmer while adopting innovations. The issue revolves around how small the scale of the business is and how farmers have limited access to market information and credit. Both issues pose as hindrance for farmers in adopting innovations.
Then, he linked the concept to his case study about Indonesian dairy farmers. As cited from IFC (2011), Indonesian dairy sector is centered in three provinces West, Central and East Java. The sector is dominated by smallholder dairy farmers that on average manage three cows per farmer with a productivity 10-11 liters/day. Most of the dairy farmers are members of dairy cooperatives that links farmers with milk processing companies.
Everyone was quite amazed at the fact that Indonesian dairy farmers is mostly small-scaled business, especially when compared to smallholder Australian farmers which have much greater number of dairy cows per farmer. Also, an interesting observation was deliberated during the discussion session on how Indonesia and Australia differs in defining ‘smallholder farmers’. Indonesia defines it based on the business scale (farm size and number of cows), while Australia defines it according to land ownership.
Overall, Rida highly appreciates the opportunity to share his research to the RLC community. He believes that presenting to people with different backgrounds is important as we are able to gain valuable insights from different perspectives. Even more so, this opportunity provides him with the chance to introduce and share stories about Indonesia to Australian local community.
The presentation was greatly praised and led to the invitation for Rida to visit one of the participant’s dairy farm in Northern Adelaide where he will have a chance to learn how to make hay. Building network and exchanging experience is definitely the expected outcome of such sharing practices.
Rida Akzar is a master student at Global Food and Agricultural Business, the University of Adelaide. His master research project is supervised by Dr Risti Permani and Dr Wahida.
IFC 2011, Working with Smallholders: A Handbook for Firms Building Sustainable Supply Chains, International Finance Corporation, Washington, DC USA.
Photos courtesy of Reyza Ramadhan
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