Food Security and Sustainability Center

FOSTER is an inspiring initiative spearheaded by YBDA (Yayasan Bahtera Dwipa Abadi) and TJF in partnership as a research organization. 

This project aims to unlock the potential of tidal swamp land in the Indragiri Hilir Regency to ensure food security at local, regional, and national levels. 

Despite the location’s technical and non-technical challenges, FOSTER is committed to establishing a research center that will serve as a beacon of hope for the local community. Through testing, training, and the development of innovative practices, this center will help cultivate food crops, livestock, and freshwater aquaculture, ultimately improving the lives of many.

The Foster Project will involve the following activities:

Our planned activities are tailored to provide maximum benefit to specific individuals or groups. They are:
  • Vulnerable community groups living around FOSTER in Tanah Merah Village.
  • 50 households in Tanah Merah Village will participate in pilot project activities such as cultivating food crops, livestock, and fisheries.

  • Indragiri Hilir Regency’s Coconut Farmers 
  • This community will benefit from Field Schools and training programs implemented by the Food Crop Program Implementation Unit, Livestock, and Fisheries.

  • Adolescents and Youth who live in Indragiri Hilir Regency
  • FOSTER will later open learning classes in Training, internship, or Field School, especially for developing technical skills and knowledge, including strengthening the entrepreneurial capacity of adolescents and youth in food crop cultivation, livestock, and aquaculture.

  • Universities in Riau Province and Indragiri Hilir Regency 
  • FOSTER can be used as a research location, testing, or practice location for university lecturers, students, or researchers.

  • Government
  • YBDA and TJF will collaborate with Indragiri Hilir Regency and Riau Province governments to develop and manage wetlands and lowlands in FOSTER. This will enable the cultivation practices to be incorporated into government development programs for the community.

The land in Indragiri Hilir Regency is set to undergo FOSTER development plans, covering approximately twenty hectares.