The Youth Who Farm

The Youth Who Farm

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Held on May 21, 2016 at the auditorium of the University of Sebelas Maret (UNS) in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia, “Let’s Become Farmers” was the motto at this event organized by the International Association of Students in Agriculture (IAAS), YAPSI (Healthy Food Foundation of Indonesia), together with VECO Indonesia. This invitation is a response of the growing concern on the lack of youngsters in agriculture.

The event started with a documentary called “Agriyoungsters” made by Joren de Neve, an intern at VECO Indonesia and a student in Social Work from the University of Ghent, Belgium. The movie gave an insight on the life of a young farmer in Boyolali, Kiswoyo, who went to Jakarta after he graduated high school, only to come back to his village a few years later and discover that agriculture is an industry which provides him with not only an income but also a purpose and a future. Furthermore, the documentary interviewed Mr. Sukardi, the Head of P3LL—a farmers organisation in Boyolali, Mr. Nana Suhartana, Java Island Manager of VECO Indonesia, and Dr. Jamhari, the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at UGM (Gadjah Mada University) who further stressed that in today’s market, agriculture is much more than fieldwork. An important part of it is the business and organisation driving the industry. Ultimately, agriculture is a growing industry that promises a future.

The event continued with a talk show where the issues raised in the movie were discussed. Invited speakers included the moviemaker, Joren de Neve, the young farmer, Kiswoyo and Prof. Kunto Adi, a lecturer at the faculty of agriculture. Joren, in broken Indonesian, talked about his journey during the internship where he learned what motivates young farmers to farm. This journey has in turn motivated him to further promote agriculture to fellow students and youngsters. Prof. Kunto Adi passionately invited the participants to open their minds and broaden their understanding that agriculture is not limited to planting seeds and cultivating the land. There is a whole industry beyond that is in need of young professionals.

Apart from the documentary and the talk show, the event also included an innovative “motivation building” activity by Heri Susilo from YAPSI.

Watch the video here or find us on our YouTube channel: VECO Indonesia.