Blue Foods for Indonesia: A Human & Planetary Health Action Lab (809K)

Policy client: Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning

Globally, more than 1 billion people rely on seafood, yet this source of vital nutrition is chronically neglected in discussions about the future of food systems. In 2021, the UN Food Systems Summit brought international attention to the potential of “blue foods,” thanks in part to insights and evidence provided by the Stanford-led Blue Food Assessment. Now, the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning has asked Stanford to help them build blue foods into Indonesia’s national development strategy.

Indonesia is the 4th most populous country, home to 278 million people and the most marine biodiversity on the planet. Over the next 18 months, we will work with the Ministry, Indonesian researchers, and NGO partners to develop a Blue Food Assessment for Indonesia that can help policymakers realize the potential of blue foods to meet pressing food system priorities — improving nutrition, food security, and livelihoods, both nationally and in rural communities.

This Blue Foods Action Lab is the first of a series to help Indonesia implement a far-reaching national program that could transform its food system and could be used as a model for other countries. For Winter quarter the role of the students will be to evaluate successful programs implemented by other nations in the areas of aquaculture, small scale fisheries, blue food tech and justice and inclusion. We will examine current policies, existing datasets and impacts to fish stocks and nutrition. A report will be produced and shared with the Indonesian Ministry and our NGO partner.

In addition to law students, the practicum seeks graduate and well-qualified undergraduate students in such programs as earth systems, computer science, public policy, international policy, business, sociology, and marine biology. Data-analysis skills are valuable for this work but are not required.

Elements used in grading: Attendance, Performance, Class Participation, Written Assignments, Final Paper.

CONSENT APPLICATION due by November 27. Instructors will reply with admission by Dec. 1.

Cross-listed with Doerr School of Sustainability (SUSTAIN 121/221).




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