Jakarta, September 7th, 2016 – PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk (Indofood) grants financial support for 58 undergraduate student research proposals on food development through 2016-2017 Indofood Riset Nugraha (IRN) based on the theme of “Educating the Nation through Local-Wisdom Based Food Independence”.
Indonesia needs to rediscover and develop its local-wisdom based food resources potentials to address the impending food crisis, particularly by capitalizing marine based food resources. Indonesia has an abundant source of marine based food resources, but needs to address challenges in food processing. As a food manufacturing company, Indofood strives to nurture creativity and innovative ideas through IRN, aiming at diversifying local food resources.
Since its launching in May 2016, 148 proposals have been submitted. Although lower than the number of proposals submitted a year earlier, Indofood continues to improve the quality of these research activities. “Improvements in IRN program quality are performed through coaching clinic activities in the Eastern part of Indonesia. This year we concentrate the event in Ternate and Mataram. Adding to that, recipients of IRN funding also attend Leadership Training,” states Suami Suriady, the Head of the IRN Program. Coaching clinics are conducted for students in the Eastern part of Indonesia, given the region’s considerable potential to develop marine based food resources.
To increase research quality, IRN also organizes leadership camps. Through this program, students selected for the IRN program learn about the basic philosophy of research works, research data collection and analysis processes, and tips for successful research result publication. “We are confident that with technology, innovation and research excellence, we can introduce future food solutions and groom accomplished researchers to develop Indonesia food resources”, added Suaimi.
According to Prof. DR. Ir FG Winarno, the Head of IRN Expert Council, Indonesia is blessed with vast waters, covering some 70% of the country’s entire territory that is considered as the world’s largest mega-biodiversity area with many species of fish, seaweeds and coral reefs. Hence, it offers a rich marine based food resource potentials. For that reason, IRN focuses on developing university students from Eastern Indonesia. This year, 21 students from Eastern Indonesia passed the IRN program. These students joined 58 other students from 24 other state and private universities that have passed the administration selection by the secretariat and content selection by IRN Expert Council.
On top of fishery and marine based food resources, research activities also focus on land-based commodities, including wheat, corn, banana, cassava, palm oil, potato, soya bean, red rice, green bean and milk commodities. IRN participants then conduct their research for one-year period. Research audits are conducted by the Expert Council in two stages. The first audit monitors and evaluats the progress of research, while the second audit starts before the completion of the final research report.
General Manager Corporate Communications Indofood, Stefanus Indrayana, invites students to introduce new, creative ideas to pursue research excellence beyond the final assignment requirements, which are applicable and provide benefits to the society, particularly in food development.
About Indofood Riset Nugraha (IRN)
IRN is a program to appreciate accomplished researchers in food diversity, held to commemorate the World Food Day. This program is one of the Company’s corporate social responsibility activities within the Build Human Capital pillar. IRN has been recognized with Asia Responsible Enterpreneurship Awards 2010 for Investment in People category from Enterprise Asia, Education Care Award 2011 from the Ministry of National Education.
IRN was initiated in 2006 as a continuation of a similar program called Bogasari Nugraha that started in 1998 by Bogasari Flour Mills, one of the divisions under PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk.
Submitted research proposals have to pass a rigorous evaluation process. Since its launching, 4.702 proposals have been submitted by students, lecturers and researchers from various institutions. 669 proposals received approvals for the IRN program.
The Expert Council consists of experts in Food Technology – Atmajaya Catholic University, Jakarta; Social and Economic Agriculture – Lampung State University; Agriculture – Brawijaya University, Malang; Food Technology – Bogor Institute of Agriculture; Animal Husbandry – Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta; Nutrition and Health – University of Indonesia; Chemical Engineering – Bandung Institute of Technology and Indofood.
About PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk
Over the last two decades, Indofood has progressively transformed into a Total Food Solutions company with operations in all stages of food manufacturing, from the production of raw materials and their processing, to consumer products in the market. Today, it is renowned as a well-established company and a leading player in each business category in which it operates. In its business operations, Indofood capitalizes on economies of scale and a resilient business model with five complementary Strategic Business Groups (“Group”), namely:
- Consumer Branded Products (“CBP”)
Supported by the strength of its product brands, the Group produces a diverse range of consumer branded products including noodles, dairy products, snack foods, food seasonings, nutritional and specialty foods, and beverages.
The Group is primarily a producer of wheat flour as well as pasta, with business operations supported by its own shipping and packaging units.
The Group’s principal activities range from research and development, seed breeding, oil palm cultivation and milling, to the production and marketing of branded cooking oils, margarine and shortening. The Group also cultivates and processes rubber, sugar cane and other crops.
With the most extensive distribution network in Indonesia, the Group distributes the majority of the consumer products manufactured by Indofood and its subsidiaries, as well as by third parties, to the market.
- Cultivation & Processed Vegetables
The Group manages an integrated demand-driven operation with wide-ranging cultivation and processing capabilities, and produces branded products.
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