Despite achievements in Indonesia such as the 1960 Basic Agrarian Law, the gap between political will and policy implementation on the ground continues to persist today. The current Indonesian government has set bold targets for 9 million hectares of land to be redistributed and legalised through agrarian reform, as well as to guarantee access to 12.7 million hectares of state forests through social forestry programs, but implementation has been challenging in a context of inequality and agrarian conflict.
As co-hosts of the GLF together with the National Organising Committee, this event provided an opportunity for the government to dialogue on the suggested reforms and to learn from experiences from Asia and the world before its current term comes to an end in 2019. Overall, the GLF was a key moment for Indonesia to show the achievements of comprehensive agrarian to a global audience.
The event took place in Bandung, hosted in the historically important site of the 1955 Africa-Asia conference, which led to the establishment of the Non-Aligned Movement. Following a series of in-depth field visits, the main conference opened on the Indonesian National Peasants’ Day, 24th September, with a day focusing on Indonesia and Asia.