Agricultural mechanisation has been part of Indonesia's efforts towards modernising its agricultural sector. However, various challenges, such as low utilisation rates of farm machinery among smallholder farmers and underdeveloped machinery supporting services, and growing concerns about the environmental implications of mechanisation prompt questions about the continued relevance of agricultural mechanisation to improving sustainable agriculture. Therefore, this study aims to analyse the role of agricultural mechanisation in supporting the sustainable transformation of agri-food systems in Indonesia. Specifically, it reviews Indonesia's current state of agricultural mechanisation and assesses the country's existing supply models of machinery services. An investigation into farmers' decision-making process to adopt agricultural mechanisation is also undertaken to formulate smallholder-inclusive strategies. Results from this study will inform policymakers and stakeholders on utilising mechanisation to enhance agricultural productivity and sustainability in Indonesia. The study will also contribute to scholarly work by providing empirical evidence from a comprehensive lens of economic, social, and environmental sustainability. 

Project members

Kodrad Winarno

PHD candidate
School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability