Public Lecture by Micah Fisher PhD from Hawaii University “Visions of Rural Future in Indonesia: Landscapes, Livelihoods, and Opportunity?”
On October 23, 2019, the Master of Regional and Urban Planning conducted a Public Lecture with the theme “” Visions of Rural Future in Indonesia: Landscapes, Livelihoods, and Opportunity? “.
He explained the future of villages in Indonesia from the perspective of land ownership and the views of young people towards villages, in this case what happened in the village of Kajang, South Sulawesi. There is a unique land ownership in the Kajang village area. The two types of land ownership are the Gilirang type and the type of privately owned land. Gilirang means rotational land is land owned by one large family and managed alternately, with the system that each person or family has the right to manage the land for one year and then continues to the next person or family. While privately owned land is land that is owned and managed by one person or one family with no ownership change process
The youth perspective on the sustainability or future of the village in Kajang can be seen based on two types of young people with different backgrounds. The first is the son of pepper rice owner who does not go to school but succeeds in the village and works to manage his family’s rice field (gilirang rice field). The second is the son of a rubber plantation owner who studied in the Makassar area, then succeeded, and joined various organizations, who aspired to build his village with the knowledge and expertise he had gained while studying in the Makassar area.
The uniqueness and potential possessed by villages in Indonesia as happened in the Kajang area can actually have an impact on existing policies. So far, urban areas are areas that are central of development in Indonesia, whereas rural areas still received seems less attention from the government.
After giving the lectures, the program was continued with a question and answer session and a memento.