Suboptimal Land Series – Part 3: Sustainable use of peatland to improve locally sourced food production

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Peatland in natural conditions is always wet and moist to prevent it from burning. This condition makes the peat considered as suboptimal land, which inhibits plants to optimally grow because of water inundation.

Indonesia is home to 3.5% of the global peatlands, covering nearly 15 Mha which is distributed around Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Papua. Efforts in enabling agriculture on peatlands have been conducted from time to time to help the local communities produce their own food. With thorough preparation, peatland can be one of the solutions to support food production.

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