Indonesia's childhood stunting rate is impacting later-in-life employment

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

INDONESIA: Indonesia is redoubling its efforts to reduce childhood stunting across its population, which new research suggests has a long-tail negative impact on economic development.

Indonesia's coordinating minister for Human Development and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy says the prevalence of stunting is affecting the development of human resources in Indonesia.

According to the Tanoto Foundation, Indonesia’s stunting rate is currently at 27.7%, which means more than one in four children are affected by the syndrome. Although this represents a decline from 30.8% in 2018, Indonesia still has one of the highest stunting rates globally. The Indonesian government is aiming to decrease its stunting rate to 14% by 2024, with Minister Effendy confident this will help to increase long-term productivity in the next generation to enter the workforce.

"This stunting disorder will determine whether Indonesian human resources will develop well, or fail to develop. If we are free from the potential for stunting, Indonesian human resources will be superior and competitive," he said.

In 2020, Indonesia recorded that 54% of its workforce have had some experience of stunting during their childhoods.

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