What Can Indonesia’s G20 Presidency And ASEAN Chairmanship Deliver On Global Food Security?


About the Hybrid Seminar

Due to the war in Ukraine, which has caused large food and fuel price hikes, global food security is becoming high on the G20 agenda this year. In May, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution without a vote on the “State of Global Food Security”, calling upon the G20 to place global food security at the top of their agenda and to support multilateral efforts in finding affordable solutions to the crisis. Although global food security has been discussed at the G20 Summit since 2011, progress on global food security cooperation is disappointing despite the recurring global food crises. There is still no mechanism in place to deal with large-scale disruptions to food supplies such as what the war in Ukraine has caused. Concrete deliverables on global food cooperation could be one legacy of Indonesia’s G20 presidency. The momentum could then be carried forward into Indonesia’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2023. In this webinar, we will discuss what Indonesia’s G20 Presidency and ASEAN Chairmanship can deliver on global food security.

This hybrid seminar is the third series on regional and global economic issues brought to you by the Australian National University’s East Asian Bureau of Economic Research (EABER), the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. The seminar is also supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore.

Please refer to the programme attached for further details.

About the Keynote Speaker

Dr Edi Prio Pambudi serves as Deputy Minister for Coordination of International Economic Cooperation at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs since 2021. In 2022, he started his role as Co-Sherpa of G20 Indonesia and Daily Coordinator I for Sherpa Track for the Indonesian G20 Presidency. Dr Pambudi has served as Advisor to Minister for Connectivity, Service Development, and Natural Resources (2020-2021), Advisor to Minister for Economic and Maritime Relations (2019-2020), Assistant Deputy for Monetary and Balance of Payments (2015-2019), Head of Monetary Affairs (2013-2015), and Head of Monetary Policy Analysis (2009-2013) at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs. Previously, Dr Pambudi also worked at the Directorate General of Taxes, Ministry of Finance from 1995 to 2009. At the G20 Forum, he served in Saint Petersburg, Russia (2013), Antalya, Turkey (2015), Hangzhou, China (2016), and Hamburg, Germany (2017).

About the Panellists

Prof. Peter Timmer is the Cabot Professor of Development Studies, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He is an authority on agricultural development, food security, and the world rice economy who has published scores of papers and books on these topics. He has served as a professor at Stanford, Cornell, three faculties at Harvard, and the University of California, San Diego, where he was also the dean of the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. As a resident advisor in the early 1970s with Harvard’s Development Advisory Service in Indonesia, Prof. Timmer worked closely with the National Planning Agency, the Food Logistics Agency and the Ministry of Finance. In 1992, he was awarded the Bintang Jasa Utama (Highest Merit Star) by the President of Indonesia for his work on poverty reduction. Prof. Timmer helped stabilize the world rice market in 2008 by pushing for the release of surplus Japanese-held American long-grain rice, an effort that was successful. He was awarded the Leontief Prize in 2012 for advances in the frontiers of economic thought and delivered the 18th Annual UNU-WIDER Lecture at the UN in New York in 2014.

Prof. Mari Elka Pangestu is the World Bank Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships. In this role, which she assumed on March 1, 2020, Prof. Pangestu provides leadership and oversees the research and data group of the World Bank (DEC), the work program of the World Bank’s Global Practice Groups, and the External and Corporate Relations function. Prof. Pangestu joins the World Bank with exceptional policy and management expertise, having served as Indonesia’s Minister of Trade from 2004 to 2011 and as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy from 2011 to 2014. She has vast experiences of over 30 years in academia, second track processes, international organizations and government working in areas related to international trade, investment and development in multilateral, regional and national settings. Prof. Pangestu is also highly regarded as an international expert on a range of global issues. She served as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington D.C and as an advisor to the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi.

Prof. Paul Teng is currently the Dean and Managing Director at the National Institute of Education International (NIEI), the education consultancy/outreach arm of NIE. He has served on many national and international committees, and is currently the Chair for the Board of Directors at the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications as well as the non-Executive Chair of Asia Biobusiness Pte Ltd. Prof Teng has researched extensively on food security and specifically on the role of plant diseases in causing epidemics and crop losses in several continents. His pioneering work on using system analysis and computer modelling techniques to quantify and predict biological phenomena, and conduct risk assessments, is still having impact today in the USA and Asian rice growing countries. He is also a regular speaker on agricultural biotechnology, other disruptive technologies and their roles in transforming agriculture and rural economies.

About the Chair

Prof. Peter Drysdale is the Emeritus Professor of Economics, Head of the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research and Editor-in-Chief of East Asia Forum in the Crawford School of Public Policy in the College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University. He is widely acknowledged as the intellectual architect of APEC. He is the author of a large number of books and papers on East Asian and Pacific economic cooperation and international trade and economic policy, including the prize-winning International Economic Pluralism: Economic Policy in East Asia and the Pacific. He is a recipient of the Asia Pacific Prize, the Cosmopolitan Prize, the Weary Dunlop Award, the Order of the Rising Sun, the Australian Centenary Medal, and the Order of Australia.


This hybrid event is open to the public and will be held at Adinata Seminar Room, in the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore.

Attending the Event In-person at the Embassy

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Attending the Event Virtually via Webinar

To join the event virtually at the specified date and time using your internet devices, please register here to receive your unique login link for the webinar via the zoom platform.

If you have questions for the speakers, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speakers during the Q&A session.


Aug 26 2022


GMT +8
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Embassy of the Republic Indonesia in Singapore
Adinata Seminar Room