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Tomatoes, potatoes, and even the peanuts used to make the
that accompanies a tasty Indonesian
are all part of the South America’s Andean region’s culinary contribution to the global diet. Now another ancient Andean crop is being hailed as a potential super-food that could improve nutrition and provide food security in vulnerable communities: quinoa.“It is a climate-smart food,” said FAO Representative Mustafa Imir, who added that its cultivation may ﬁnd applications in regions of Indonesia that are highly affected by drought, such as NTT. He was speaking at an International Year of Quinoa event in Jakarta that saw the participation of the Embassies of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Argentina. As the 2013 International Year of Quinoa draws to a close, this wonder grain is not yet cultivated in Indonesia but can already be found in some specialty supermarkets, according to Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez, an expert who works with the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor.Given the properties of this gluten-free grain, it may not be long before this food goes from supermarket specialty to superhero of climate change adaptation. According to Pinedo-Vasquez, the crop is also known not only for its nutritional value but also its resilience to temperature changes, its modest need for rainwater, and its versatility. Quinoa can grow at practically any altitude, from sea-level to 4,000 meters, and contains natural pesticides to protect it.
IN CLIMATE CHANGE ERA, QUINOA HAILED AS KEY CROP
Lucet added that Government needs to “enforce legislation to prohibit all violence against children as well as individuals whom we encourage to speak up when they witnesses abuse.” Three Ministries (Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Social Affairs, and Communications and Information Technology) held the joint launch in Jakarta.In Indonesia, UNICEF is supporting a number of prevention and response programmes. In collaboration with the Provincial Ofﬁce of Women’s Empowerment in South Sulawesi UNICEF is developing training modules for parents and communities to address the inter-generational impact of violence against children. In Papua, UNICEF is supporting a safe schools programme that prompts teachers to take up new methods for instilling positive and non-violent discipline in the classroom. The campaign #EndViolence against Children includes a Bahasa Indonesia Public Service Announcement (PSA) recorded by UNICEF Indonesia Goodwill Ambassador Ferry Salim.
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FOCUS ON ILLICIT TRADE OF WILDLIFE
The illicit Asian trade of wildlife is worth billions of dollars annually and fuels organized crime, corruption, and violence. Trafﬁckers have enjoyed a high level of impunity so far.The United Nations Ofﬁce on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has now launched a wildlife crime public service announcement (PSA) that is available to highlight this issue.