Ecohydrology And Food Security

Cibinong Science Center, LIPI

Food security is the availability of food and the ability of a person or group to access it. Food obtained and processed, comes from natural sources such as forests, lakes, oceans, air, and etc. Food is also obtained from sources made by humans, such as agricultural land, plantations, livestock, artificial lakes or pond, and etc. Sources of food availability need to be managed and cared for in order to maintain its sustainability.

Asia Pacific Centre for Ecohydrolgy (APCE) answers this challenge regarding food security, through the concept of ecohydrology which is applied at Cibinong Science Center, LIPI. By creating and preserving the existence of an artificial pond, the availability of water is well preserved and has an effect on fertility in the surrounding ecosystem. Soil fertility in the ecosystem has opened access for the implementation of planting various types of food crops such as chilies, cassava, corn, long beans, and etc. All food plants that have succeeded in growing in this artificial ecosystem, have a positive impact on the economy as well.

The preservation of the condition of food sources that is implemented, will have a positive impact on food security and other aspects such as social and economy. Efforts to preserve this, need to be done by all humans. The good condition of food security, maintaining the continuity of life on earth.