Bali group promotes Silent Day in Poland

Anton Muhajir, Contributor, Denpasar | Fri, 12/05/2008 11:30 AM | The Archipelago

The Bali Collaboration for Climate Change (BCCC) is promoting the idea of World Silent Day to delegates at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), currently being held in Poznan, Poland.

Two members of the campaign team — Agung Wardana and Hira Jhamtani — left earlier in the week to join the UNFCCC’s two-week summit meeting.

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Nezar-Jajang Pimpin AJI 2008-2011

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Sabtu, 29 Nopember 2008 | 23:04 WIB

SURABAYA | SURYA Online – Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI) Indonesia memilih ketua dan sekretaris jenderal baru secara aklamasi lewat kongres di Hotel Sanur Beach, Denpasar, Bali, Sabtu (29/11) petang.
Ketuanya Nezar Patria, editor situs berita VivaNews.com milik PT Visi Media Asia, satu dari banyak anak perusahaan kelompok bisnis keluarga Aburizal Bakrie. Sedangkan sekretaris jenderalnya Jajang Jamaludin, editor Koran Tempo.

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HIV/AIDS mortality rate steadily increasing, 72 dead this year

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Anton Muhajir, Contributor,  The Jakarta Post, Denpasar | Mon, 11/24/2008 12:26 PM | Bali

The number of deaths caused by HIV/AIDS in Bali has been steadily increasing year on year, with 72 people recorded as having died of the disease already this year.

Data from Sanglah Central Hospital’s VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing) clinic shows that the number of deaths by October was more than twice the number recorded in 2004.

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Farmers need assistance to access markets

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Anton Muhajir, Contributor, Denpasar  | Fri, 11/14/2008 11:01 AM | Bali

The market changes faster than people’s mindsets. This is particularly true in the agriculture sector, where many farmers still see themselves as commodity producers and not businessmen. There is a growing need for them to collaborate with different actors to link into the financial services and modern markets.

The issue was discussed at the “Inclusion of Small Producers in the Value Chain: From Field Evidence to Action”, a workshop jointly organized by Belgium-based Vredeseilanden (VECO), United Kingdom-based International Institute for the Environment and Development (IIED), and Netherlands-based Cordaid.

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Menggunakan Media sebagai Alat Advokasi

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Diskusi tentang media adalah alasanku untuk mengiyakan ajakan Wahyu pergi ke Surabaya. Teman di Ikatan Korban Napza (IKON) Bali, kelompok mantan atapun pengguna narkoba dengan jarum suntik yang masih aktif, itu bilang kalau teman ngobrol di Surabaya tersebut bagus untuk tempat belajar soal media dan advokasi. Maka, aku mengiyakan ajakan itu.

Selasa malam kemarin, kami pun tiba di Surabaya. Sinyo, teman sesama ex junkie di kota ini menjemput kami dengan BMW tuanya. Oh ya, acara di Surabaya ini memang untuk para pengguna ataupun mantan pengguna. Ada IKON Bali, East Java Action (EJA), dan Performa Semarang. Kami menginap di penginapan sederhana di daerah jalan Darmokali, tak jauh dari Kebun Binatang.

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Farmers still neglect organic, fair trade certifications

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Anton Muhajir, Contributor, Denpasar | Sun, 10/19/2008 1:34 PM | Bali

Indonesian farmers do not pay enough attention to organic and fair trade certification aimed at increasing agricultural exports, Indro Surono of PT Biocert, a certification institution for agricultural products in Denpasar, said.

Speaking at a seminar on “Social and Fairtrade: Toward Responsible and Fair Business in Agriculture”in Denpasar last week, Indro said less than 1,200 farmers in Indonesia hold organic and fair trade product certifications.

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Post-harvest processing helps cocoa farmers

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Thu, 09/18/2008 10:34 AM  |  Surfing Bali

The establishment of a Cocoa Processing Unit (CPU) in Tabanan regency has helped the local cocoa farmers to get better prices and to avoid the trap set by the tengkulak (village-level commodity middlemen).

The CPU is the result of collaborative efforts between PT Big Tree Farm, an agricultural commodities’ trading company, with Amarta, the agro-business initiative funded by USAID. Amarta built the processing plant, while PT Big Tree Farm manages the commercial aspects.

The facility lies at Lalanglinggah village in West Selemadeg and not far from around 4,000 hectares of cocoa plantations operated by local farmers.

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Bedugul organic farmers struggle against long distribution

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Anton Muhajir,  Contributor, Bedugul | Thu, 09/18/2008 10:35 AM | Surfing Bali

The hilly area of Bedugul, around a two-hour drive north of the island’s capital Denpasar, is one of the most scenic places in Bali.

For decades it has been the island’s biggest producer of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Recently, local farmers are breaking free from the prevailing trade and distribution scheme in order to gain better prices for their products and a better life for their families.

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HIV/AIDS NGOs switch strategy, embrace local communities

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This article has published in The Jakarta Post Surfing Bali page.

HIV/AIDS NGOs switch strategy, embrace local communities

Anton Muhajir ,  Contributor, Denpasar   |  Thu, 09/11/2008 11:04 AM  |  Surfing Bali

In response to a recent government regulation that designated state health workers as the only people officially allowed to distribute syringes and needles to IDUs (Injecting Drugs Users), Bali’s HIV/AIDS non-governmental organizations have developed a new strategy.

Prior to the issuance of the regulation, NGO outreach workers were responsible for distributing needles directly to local IDU communities that participated in government-condoned NEP (Needle Exchange Program) pilot projects.

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