Indonesia is the third largest democracy in the world, the largest economy in Southeast Asia and is home to some of the world’s richest biodiversity. The nation is a rising economic power, vibrant democracy, leader of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and member of the G-20.
However, the country faces environmental and other development challenges. In Indonesia, agriculture accounts for over 41 percent of national employment, and yet the agricultural sector has a growth rate of only one-half that of the national economy. While economic growth has exceeded six percent in recent years, the poor and most vulnerable –nearly half the population – still lives on less than $2 per day.
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