Jakarta (ANTARA) - Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy underlined the importance of cross-sectoral cooperation in supporting the handling of stunting and extreme poverty.

"Collaboration and cooperation become an essential key in the handling of stunting and extreme poverty. All parties must work hand in hand to resolve the problem of stunting and extreme poverty," Effendy noted after the Acceleration of Stunting Reduction and Extreme Poverty Eradication Roadshow held virtually here on Tuesday.

According to the minister, the involvement of all stakeholders in handling stunting and extreme poverty is deemed crucial to achieve the set targets.

"We again remind that the involvement of regional governments, private parties, community organizations, the Indonesian Military (TNI), the National Police (Polri), academicians, and all people is crucially needed to support stunting reduction and extreme poverty eradication jointly," he remarked.

The minister also highlighted the importance of optimizing the use of village funds for the handling of stunting and extreme poverty as well as for food security.

"The priorities are clear, namely for the handling of stunting, extreme poverty, and food security," he affirmed.

Effendy further noted that his ministry continues to coordinate with all regional governments in Indonesia regarding the efforts to handle stunting and extreme poverty.

"We continue to hold the Acceleration of Stunting Reduction and Extreme Poverty Eradication Roadshow virtually in stages by targeting all regional governments," he stated.

He explained that the virtual roadshow is aimed at accruing data and looking into various problems and obstacles in stunting and extreme poverty handling in each region.

Based on the 2022 Indonesian Nutritional Status Survey (SSGI), Indonesia's stunting prevalence currently stands at 21.6 percent. Meanwhile, the government is targeting to reduce the prevalence to 14 percent in 2024.

In addition, the government is targeting to eradicate extreme poverty, from four percent, or 10.86 million people, in 2021 to zero percent in 2024.

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