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13 October 2023

The jury of the “National Youth Ideathon: Better Management of Food Loss and Waste to Support Green and Circular Economy” announced the 3 winners at the competition’s grand final, held in Jakarta on 3 October. The jury consisted of Government Officials, UN Officials, Academia, and Practitioners. This initiative aims to empower youth in delivering projects on food waste management & circular economy. The competition included projects from 36 Indonesian universities and registered 53% female participation. The competition received a total of 289 proposals from all over Indonesia. The first winner was invited by Bappenas to present their project as part of the commemoration of the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste on 10 October.



  • 1st Place: Slamet Riyadi, with the innovative concept titled “We-Lab (Waste to Energy Lab)”: His proposal centered on converting used cooking oil into biodiesel, repurposing glycerol waste into hand soap, and crafting plant-based aromatic candles.  His initiative aimed to tackling food waste in his hometown, Probolinggo, East Java.
  • 2nd Place: CFEM Team, impressing the judges with their idea “Fish Protein Concentrate (FCP): Functional Food Ingredients from Fish Boiling Industry Waste”.
  • 3rd Place: Endura Team, presenting their vision of a “Cellulose-Based Insulating Foam Packaging System to Promote Fruit and Vegetable Food Security”.


Following a screening process and a two-week coaching sessions, 15 grand finalists got the opportunity to present their ideas during the grand final day.

As a part of the collaboration and partnership, the Director of Environmental Affairs-Bappenas, Dr. Medrilzam delivered the welcoming remarks to officially open the event.

Several Indonesians pursuing their education abroad in countries such as the USA, UK, China, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, and Taiwan took part in the event, bringing in diverse perspectives and innovative ideas from the international community.

The primary objective was to foster innovative thinking and simulate business plans for managing food loss and waste in Indonesia, encompassing urban, rural, and coastal contexts.

This competition brought together young students, innovators, and practitioners between the ages of 18 and 35 to address pressing issues related to green and circular economy, with a special emphasis on better management of food loss and waste issues in Indonesia.

On World Environment Day 2023, on 5 June 2023, the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas, together with the LCDI Secretariat and UN-PAGE supported by UNDP Indonesia for Circular Economy Projects, launched this initiative with the aim to empower Indonesian youth.

Indonesia joined PAGE in 2018. PAGE work in Indonesia is currently aligned to the following SDGs: SDG 7 (Affordable & Clean Energy); SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth); SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production); SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals).

PAGE was launched in 2013 as a response to the call at Rio+20 to support countries addressing one of the greatest challenges of our time: building economies that improve human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.

Sources: PAGE Indonesia, PAGE, Ideathon report activity

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