Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Rural Socio-Economic Transformation: A Transdisciplinary Approach for Promoting Sustainable, Resilience, and Just Rural Transitions in the Era of Climate Crisis, RUSET 2022, 10-11 August 2022, Bogor, Indonesia

Research Article

Livelihood Strategies of Cut Flower Farmer’s Household During COVID-19 Pandemic

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.10-8-2022.2338897,
        author={Asti Kharisma Nuswantari and Ekawati Sri Wahyuni},
        title={Livelihood Strategies of Cut Flower Farmer’s Household During COVID-19 Pandemic},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Rural Socio-Economic Transformation: A Transdisciplinary Approach for Promoting Sustainable, Resilience, and Just Rural Transitions in the Era of Climate Crisis, RUSET 2022, 10-11 August 2022, Bogor, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={RUSET},
        year={2023},
        month={11},
        keywords={cut flower farmer covid-19 pandemic income structure livelihood strategies},
        doi={10.4108/eai.10-8-2022.2338897}
    }
    
  • Asti Kharisma Nuswantari
    Ekawati Sri Wahyuni
    Year: 2023
    Livelihood Strategies of Cut Flower Farmer’s Household During COVID-19 Pandemic
    RUSET
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.10-8-2022.2338897
Asti Kharisma Nuswantari1, Ekawati Sri Wahyuni1,*
  • 1: Department Communication and Community Development, Faculty of Human Ecology, IPB University, Bogor, Indonesia
*Contact email: ewahyuni@apps.ipb.ac.id

Abstract

Since its appearance, the COVID-19 is already devastatingly impacting the world economy, including Indonesia. As a result, various economic activities and businesses were closed, and many workers were laid-off. An exception is the agricultural sector, which shows a steady or even increased share in Indonesia's economy. However, despite its good economic standing, one subsector in agriculture suffered during the pandemic, namely cut flower farming—the cut flower used as decoration at events. During the pandemic, people gathering and mobility had been restricted to contain the spread of the disease. Therefore, the measure has an impact on the demand for cut flowers and affects the condition of the farmers. This study uses a qualitative and quantitative method to explain the impact of the pandemic on cut flowers farmer households, specifically to investigate the changes in their livelihood strategies and the household’s income structure. The data was obtained from 5 informants and 35 respondents of cut flower farming households. The results show financial and human capital changes to accommodate the most suitable livelihood strategies. Furthermore, the pandemic decreased income from the on-farm sector, while the revenue from the non-farm sector increased.