Local Cooperatives, Global Standards
Bahagia Ginting turned off his motorbike and stepped down with a big smile on his tanned face. His scooter was covered in mud as he had to traverse a muddy narrow trail from his farm to Meukat Komuditi Gayo, a coffee cooperative in Takengon, Central Aceh.
The coffee farmer joined the cooperative after he and his family had to leave his village on the slope of Mount Sinabung…
In contrast with his usually modest demeanor, President Joko Widodo touted the success of his administration in building infrastructure projects. While officially launching the Mandalika Special Economic Zone for Tourism in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on October 20, he said that the project was able to go forward thanks to a breakthrough of his doing. "Mandalika has been incomplete for 29 years due to the matter of securing the needed land," said Jokowi.