Engaging journalists on agrarian issues through training

Wednesday, 30th May 2018

The Sajogyo Institute in collaboration with the Consortium for Agrarian Reform and support from Ikatan Jurnalis Televisi Indonesia (IJTI) and International Land Coalition Asia, a training was held for journalists with the theme "Engaging Journalists on Agrarian Issues." The training was held on 18th to 20th of May 2018 in Jambuluwuk, Ciawi, Bogor, West Java. 

Several journalists were invited from a variety of mass media companies such as Kompas, Gatra, kbr.id, and also several students from the Student Association of Mass Media of universities from Middle Java and Yogyakarta.

The training is to give journalists and students a better understanding on agrarian reform, to sphere the agrarian issues to the public through mass media platform and lastly to give them details on how to provide political pressure that encourages pro-agrarian reform policy leverage.

The training was carried out in four sessions by specialists in the field. Agrarian reform in Indonesia was held by Dianto Bachriadi, PhD of ARC (Agrarian Reform Centre), and Usep Setiawan of Indonesia President Executive office. Dr. Satyawan Sunito a lecturer of IPB (Bogor Agricultural Univesity) together with Noer Fauzi Rachman, PhD shared ‘theory and concepts of agrarian reform.' An introduction on Gender and Agrarian studies was shared by Mia Siscawati, PhD, a lecturer at the University of Indonesia. Other important issues related to agrarian studies were shared by Tommy Setiawan of Mongabay Indonesia and Dr. Endriatmo Soetarto of IPB lecturer.

On the last day training, the participants visited a community in Cigombog, Bogor, West Java. The participants visited to learn more about the struggles locals have when fighting with a large company over land rights. Now the company that took over the land in this community is planning on converting the land for tourism purpose. Participants had an opportunity to meet with the local peoples who rejected the development of the area.

Throughout this journey, these participants learned new approach when addressing agrarian reform policy in their news on mass media and can now better describe the agrarian situations they report on.