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A guest from HYY's Indonesia project to visit Finland in May

07.05.2014

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki is implementing the Sustainable Livelihoods for Farmers in Sulawesi project in Indonesia in cooperation with Payo Payo in the years of 2013-2015. The youth and student organisation Payo Payo’s Director Karno Batiran will visit Finland as HYY’s guest on 14 May-28 May. During the visit, Karno will explore the Student Union’s activities, Finnish agriculture and environmental organisations, as well as other development cooperation organisations.

Come and hear about the Indonesia project at the World Village Festival on Saturday, 24 May. Karno Batiran and Saleh Abdullah from Indonesia Society for Social Transformation will discuss in English at Taiga Stage at 3.30pm-3.50pm on the topic Small-scale farmers and climate change in Indonesia. Come and enjoy the festival atmosphere and explore the stand of HYY’s Committee for Development Cooperation at the Market of Possibilities tent!

The Committee for Development Cooperation will organise an open Indonesia evening in English for all HYY members and other interested parties in the meeting room Sparre at the New Student House (Mannerheimintie 5 a, 2nd floor) at 6pm on Wednesday, 21 May. In the event, Karno Batiran will present the project implemented in cooperation with HYY and tell about the operations of Payo Payo.

The Indonesia project for the years of 2013-2015 is the continuation of the previous project of HYY and Payo-Payo implemented in 2009-2011. The new project aims at influencing agricultural policy in Sulawesi, providing better agricultural methods for farmers, improving post-production methods and teaching farmers to work collectively. The project is directed at smallholders and landless farmers in three villages in South and West Sulawesi. The project plans to form villages that are adequately self-sufficient in terms of the use of natural resources and livelihoods, which provide inhabitants with a sustainable business. 85 % of the project funds are allocated by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Finland and the excess share of 15 % is covered by HYY’s 0.7 % budget.

Further information: Development Cooperation Coordinator Ilona Kalliola, ilona.kalliola@hyy.fi, +358 50 543 8450