CSIRO has worked in Indonesia for over 40 years, predominantly in agriculture, food, biosecurity and fishery activities in collaboration with a large number of Indonesian, Australian and International partners.

CSIRO collaborates with Indonesian Institutions on over 20 publications annually, and have five current Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Indonesian research agencies. 

ARISA program

Since 2015 CSIRO and the Australian Government have been working with the Government of Indonesia (The Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education – RISTEKDIKTI) to increase the income of 11,000 smallholder farmers in eastern Indonesia.

The Applied Research and Innovation Systems in Agriculture (ARISA) program forms part of the Australian Government's AIP-Rural program, which promotes economic development, poverty reduction and increased food security in Indonesia by stimulating productivity and increasing farmers' access to markets. It focuses on driving collaboration between researchers and agribusinesses of all sizes to adapt existing innovations for their local conditions.

The program activities:

  • technical support through access to capacity building and internationally experienced technical expertise
  • financial assistance to share and spread investment risks through matching co-investment
  • access to national and international best practices for the development of agricultural innovation systems.

Already more than 13,000 farming households have access to new practices, information and inputs through ARISA activities, with 4500 households recording increased incomes. This equates to an additional AUD 13 million earned by adopting ARISA activities against a total project expenditure of just over AUD 4 million.

ARISA interventions are also creating positive outcomes for women in production and post-harvest. For example, new livelihood opportunities for women in cassava processing are contributing additional income to households in east Java.

fishIDER, a new tool to improve fisheries management in Indonesia

fishIDER is a bilingual (Bahasa Indonesian and English) website which helps with fish species identification by staff from fisheries agencies tasked with collecting catch data in fish markets and landing places in Indonesia.

Indonesia is one of the largest maritime nations and fish producers in the world. The marine catch for Indonesia is over 6.2 million tonnes based on 2015 statistics .

It is fundamental to accurately identify fish species that have been captured. The catch data collected are used to generate stock assessments. These inform important management decisions, such as catch quotas and maximum sustainable yields.

Read more about our work in fisheries


CSIRO has a partnership agreement with the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), Indonesia’s publicly funded applied research agency.

Together, CSIRO and BPPT research: 

  • biosecurity
  • food and agriculture
  • energy and mining
  • sustainable development.

5 Ways We Can Work Together in ASEAN

  • create IP to address major regional challenges   
  • discover new Australian innovations through CSIRO's ON Accelerator network
  • access world leading facilities and technologies
  • connect to Australian deep tech businesses expanding across ASEAN 
  • license existing technology.

Contact information

Amelia Fyfield
Country Director

+62 811 815 2622

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