The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Representatives from the Provincial Government, and partner universities from West Nusa Tenggara gather at UTS. In this opportunity, all parties discuss the importance of certified organic farming, as a tool to achieve sustainable development in the area. UNIDO started working on several projects on the neighboring island of Lombok and hopefully, these projects will expand and reach Sumbawa island. UTS sees the importance of agriculture as a key role in the economic and cultural development of the communities. Agriculture has undergone significant changes since, and it continues to play a fundamental role in economic, environmental, and social development, both in developing and developed countries.
One of UNIDO’s special guests Mr. Ralph Liebing-International an Expert on Agri-food and Tourism Linkages during the meeting described; “Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems, and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation, and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and good quality of life for all involved.” Without doubts, Ralph Liebing inspired those who were present to work together to contribute to sustainable solutions.
Sumbawa has the potential, and the natural resources to produce quality agricultural products and organic agriculture presents itself as an opportunity to contribute substantially to sustainable development. Organic agriculture can be a feasible option for sustainable agriculture in West Nusa Tenggara because it involves a combination of technologies, environmental conservation, food security, climate change mitigation, and social, economic, and health benefits, all issues that are part of UTS agenda. UTS has the human capital, knowledge, and infrastructure to join and be part of the change.
One of the most important benefits of certified organic products is related to the ability of producers to access lucrative markets, mainly in the tourism sector where organic products are in high demand by hotels and restaurants in Indonesia. The Rector of UTS is enthusiastic and predisposed to take this discussion into action and bring benefits to the community. UTS committed to seeking solutions to local and global issues through research, innovation, and science hopes to aim to work together with strategic partners in Organic farming and contribute towards job creation, inclusivity, and, ultimately, social sustainability, the know-how associated with organic standards and sustainable cultivation practices that are also projected to unlock access to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).