Jakarta, October 31 — BOI and HARA launched its first report “Indonesia’s Rice Report” today. This report is a result of cooperation between the two organisations which takes advantage of each other strengths, HARA in collecting near-time agriculture data though its technology and BOI in the analysis of agriculture data. This report is expected to be the first of what is expected to be a quarterly report on rice in Indonesia.

BOI Research and HARA are proud to launch their Indonesia’s 2018 Rice Report. The partnership started with the same concern that many problems in the agriculture sector originate from a lack of available data — and when data is available, the accuracy is often questionable. With BOI’s expertise in market research and HARA’s expansive ecosystem of farmers, the two organisations decided to join forces to seek a detailed look into the rice sector. This results in a report that delves into consumption, production, and policies regarding rice farming in Indonesia, and confirms the huge potential of using reliable data from the food and agriculture sector.

BOI Research and HARA, in cooperation with PRecious, organised a launch event including a panel discussion called “Grainy Pictures: The Potential of Digitalization of Indonesia’s Farming Data” on October 31, 2019, in TierSpace, South Jakarta. The panelists including the co-founder of BOI Research, Ingmar van den Brink, co-founder of Qoala, an insuretech startup, Tommy Martin, and Project Manager of HARA, Juaneitta Tyas, brought an exciting crowd to share insights on the lack of agricultural data availability and the potentials of farming data digitalisation in Indonesia.

(L-R) Fransisca Adinda, Moderator; Ingmar van den Brink, co-founder BOI Research; Tommy Martin, co-founder Qoala; Juaneitta Tyas, Project Manager HARA

“If we talk about having sufficient food, then having good data is a first step to actually making a good strategy. For everyone, at every level. […] I think what we are trying to do now is to get the right assumptions to get to the right data” said Dian Irawati, co-founder of BOI Research. Founded in 2010, BOI Research is a market research agency with expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research. In recent years, the agriculture sector is one of the company’s main fields of research, with studies done for high-profile clients such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Wageningen University.

Both BOI Research and HARA organised a launch event including a panel discussion called “Grainy Pictures: The Potential of Digitalization of Indonesia’s Farming Data” on October 31, 2019, in TierSpace, South Jakarta. The panelists including the co-founder of BOI Research, Ingmar van den Brink, co-founder of Qoala, insuretech startup, Tommy Martin, and Project Manager of HARA, Juaneitta Tyas, brought an exciting crowd to share insights on the lack of agricultural data availability and the potentials of farming data digitalisation in Indonesia.

“Doing research on smallholder farmers is quite challenging because you have to go to very distant and remote areas,” argues van den Brink. “The nice thing about working with HARA data in the future is that agriculture research will suddenly become very affordable.” In the future BOI Research plans to expand this line of reports by also providing regular reports on other important crops like corn, onion, and peppers. This availability of near-real-time agriculture data that HARA provides through its Data Exchange platform is an improvement for agriculture research in Indonesia, since conducting fieldwork is an expensive and time-consuming undertaking. This data will also make it possible to produce a quarterly analysis of rice production in Indonesia at a fraction of the cost and time.

The report covers a comprehensive overview of Indonesia’s Rice Production economic conditions where the economy has been growing steadily with an average of 5.1% in the past 5 years. As of 2018, Indonesia produced in excess of 56.5 million tonnes of husked rice. This is projected to increase to reach 60.8 million tonnes of husked rice by 2020, with Java’s three main rice-producing provinces (East, West, and Central Java) still playing a crucial role in rice production.

“The BOI report shows not only what can be done with more granular data but also the powerful implications of those better data to our understanding of the core problems and hopefully much better solutions. At the same time this is also a living proof of the power of collaboration and data sharing,” said Imron Zuhri, Co-founder of HARA, on the report.