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Digital Ag Series - Indonesia Hackathon: Harvesting Technological Solutions to Accelerate the Digital Transformation of Agriculture Ecosystem

"By 2050, the Indonesian population is expected to exceed 320 million, which means sufficient production and a robust logistics system are essential."

Agriculture is an important sector in Indonesia. It contributes to approximately 14% of the nation’s GDP, employs one-third of Indonesia’s labor force, and is dominated by smallholder farmers (93%). The sector is central to Indonesia’s capacity to nourish its growing and increasingly urbanized population with evolving food preferences. By 2050, the Indonesian population is expected to exceed 320 million, which means sufficient production and a robust logistics system are essential.

Supported by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia and West Java Provincial Government, World Bank and the ten partners launched the inaugural data Hackathon called “Cultivhacktion” on September 24, 2021. In this hackathon, innovators were invited to develop solutions covering three areas: 1) improving agricultural productivity and resilience to shocks, including climate shocks, 2) expanding farmers’ access to inputs, markets, and finance, and 3) supporting data-driven public sector decision-making. The top three digital solutions were announced at the closing ceremony held on November 10, 2021. They are Neurafarm, Teman Pasar, and PemPem.

In this webinar, hear from the three winning teams of Cultivhacktion about the solutions they have developed to address the problem statements. The Government of Indonesia shares its learnings and vision of harnessing the potential of digital technology to transform the agricultural sector in Indonesia. 

About the Presenters

Dina Umali-Deininger

Practice Manager, EAP Region, Agriculture, and Food Global Practice, World Bank

Dina Umali-Deininger is the Agriculture and Food Practice Manager for the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank. She manages analytical and advisory services and a lending portfolio totaling $3.5 billion, which focuses on promoting climate-smart and nutrition-sensitive agriculture, linking smallholder farmers to markets, agriculture value chain development, and enhancing rural livelihoods and jobs. She formerly served as the Agriculture Practice Manager in Central and Eastern Africa and as a Water Practice Manager in Europe and Central Asia. She also served as the Country Sector Coordinator and Lead Agriculture Economist in the World Bank New Delhi office, overseeing the World Bank's agriculture and rural development program in India. Prior to joining the World Bank, she held a teaching position at the University of the Philippines and was a Research Associate at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. She has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Stanford University and a B.A. in Agribusiness Management from the University of the Philippines.

Ir. R. Anang Noegroho Setyo Moeljono

Director for Food and Agriculture, Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS)

Ir. R. Anang Noegroho Setyo Moeljono, MEM has over 30 years of experience in public service. Since February 2018, Mr. Anang has been serving as the Director for Food and Agriculture at BAPPENAS. Previously, he was Director for Ocean and Fisheries Development at BAPPENAS, Director for Marine and Fisheries Product Development, Director for Investment and Private Sector Development at the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Director of the Center for International and Interagency Cooperation at the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Director for Fishing Industry Development, Director of International Marketing, and Director for International Institutions. Before joining the Ministry, Mr. Anang worked for several agencies inter alia Bappenas, Cabinet Secretariat, State Secretariat, and Investment Coordinating Board. In 2013-2014, Mr. Anang served as the Deputy Lead Shepherd for the Ocean and Fisheries Working Group in APEC, facilitating the establishing of mainstreaming ocean related issues coordination in APEC, and as the Coordinator for ASEAN Fisheries for Public Private Partnership in 2014. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Anang served as the Chairman of the Financial Resources Working Group and the Coordinating Mechanism Working Group for the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI). Since 2018, he has served as the National Chair for SDG2 End Hunger. In 2021, he was assigned as the Indonesian National Convenor for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021. Mr. Anang holds a Master's Degree in Engineering Management in Energy Management and has completed an Environmental Program from George Washington University, USA, and a Resources Economics Program from Georgetown University, USA. Mr. Anang also holds a Bachelor Degree of Agriculture from IPB University, Indonesia.

Roby Darmawan, M. Eng

Head, Center for Data and Information System, Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia

Roby Darmawan, M. Eng, has been the Head of Center for Data and Information System at the Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Indonesia since May 2021. He has also served as the Head of Center for Data and Information at the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency from 2017-2019.  Mr. Roby obtained his Master's Degree in Computer Science from Gunma University, Japan. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Statistics from IPB University, Indonesia in 1996 and graduated from the Statistics Academy in 1990.

Dr. Ir. Mohammad Taufiq Budi Santoso

Regional Assistant for Economic and Development Affairs, Regional Secretary of West Java Province, Indonesia

Dr. Ir. Mohammad Taufiq Budi Santoso, M. Soc. Sc has been appointed as the Regional Assistant for Economic and Development Affairs of the Regional Secretariat of West Java Province since December 2020. Prior to his appointment, he was the Head of West Java Regional Development Planning Agency from January 2019 to December 2020. From January to March 2019, Mr. Taufiq served as the Acting Head of Village Community Empowerment Agency of West Java Province. From March until September 2018, he was appointed as the Acting District Head of Purwakarta, West Java. From August 2016 until February 2018, Mr. Taufiq served as the Head of Governance and Partnerships of the Regional Secretary of West Java Province. Prior to that, he was appointed as the Acting Head of Legal and Human Rights Bureau, the Head of Regional Autonomy and Partnerships, and the Head of Economic Administration Bureau of the Regional Secretary of West Java Province. Mr. Taufiq holds a Doctorate Degree in Public Policy from Padjajaran University, Indonesia, and a Master Degree in Public Administration from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He obtained his Undergraduate Degree in Regional and Urban Planning (Planologi) from the Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia.

Joann de Zegher

 CEO, PemPem

Joann de Zegher is the Founder and CEO of PemPem, which develops mobile supply chain management software for micro-enterprises in agricultural commodity supply chains. Founded in 2020, PemPem has been supported by the Good Energies Foundation, Temasek and the Packard Foundation, and has recently been recognized as a Winner of the Tropical Forest Commodities Challenge organised by the World Economic Forum and the Cultivhacktion organised by the World Bank and Tanihub Group. Joann is also the Maurice F. Strong Career Development Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where her award-winning research examines the design of operational and technological innovations to advance social and environmental impact in informal, first-mile and global supply chains. Joann has a Ph.D. in Earth Systems Analysis and Operations Management from Stanford University.

Febi Agil Ifdillah

CEO, Neurafarm

Febi Agil Ifdillah is the CEO and Co-Founder of Neurafarm where he drives innovation strategy for the company and ensures technology excellence as part of Neurafarm's commitment to provide and democratize farming technology to help farmers feed the world while unlocking the power of data to build more sustainable agriculture. Mr. Febi holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Informatics. He studied under full scholarship from the Government of Indonesia, majoring in Computer Science/Informatics at the Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia, and graduated in 2018. Previously, he worked at the two leading AI companies in Indonesia: and Mr. Febi has more than four years of experience in software engineering, machine learning, product development and has led various projects that delivered new digital solutions and services in various industries for several organizations. He enjoys solving important, hard problems and building digital solutions that unlock new values while removing customer pain points. For leisure, he enjoys jogging and reading.

Ahmad Alimuddin

Co-founder and CEO, Teman Pasar

Ahmad Alimuddin co-founded and has been serving as the CEO of Teman Pasar since May 2020. Prior to that, in 2015, Alim founded an IT Consultant and digital business agency “Alan Creative” and was its CEO until May 2021. In 2016, Alim was the website developer for Penulis.iD and In 2014, Mr. Alim was appointed to manage the merchant acquisition of Bukalapak, one of the biggest e-commerce companies and the fourth unicorn startup in Indonesia that enables small and medium enterprises and traditional businesses to go online. Graduated from Paramadina University, Indonesia in 2017 with Bachelor's Degree in Informatics, Mr. Alim has loved the world of technology, business, and politics since he was in junior high school in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Since 2019, he has held roles in several organizations. He has been the Head of Creative Economy of the Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association, Head of IT of West Java Tourism Village Association, and Chairman of Al-Madani Islamic Boarding School Alumni Association. The startups he founded have received various accolades such as being selected as the 43 Best Startup HUB.ID by the Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (2021), the Winner of Indigo Hackathon Festival (2021), the tenth Best Startup at DS Launchpad 2.0 (2020), and the Best Company of Sumbawa Regency Collaboration, West Nusa Tenggara (2017) among others.

Vikas Choudhary

Senior Agriculture Specialist, EAP Region, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, World Bank

Vikas Choudhary is an Indian National and joined the World Bank Group in 2008 as a consultant at the International Finance Corporation. For the past four years, he was based in Ethiopia and led the Agriculture team working in Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Eritrea. Currently, he is based in Jakarta and is leading the agricultural work program in Indonesia and Timor Leste. His interest areas are the food systems approach, climate-smart agriculture, value chains, and agribusiness development, digital disruption in agriculture, resilience, and agriculture and rural development policy reforms. Prior to joining the Bank, he was Director, Global Economic Development at the Centre of High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). He started his career with the Government of Rajasthan, India, and subsequently worked with CARE-India; set up a USAID agribusiness project; and co-founded a felt export business. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Anthropology and a Master’s in Public Administration from Syracuse University, USA and a Management degree from the Indian Institute of Forestry Management, India.

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