The history of Faculty of Agriculture, Bogor Agricultural University dates back to 1940 when a higher institute in agricultural science was first set up in the era of the Dutch East Indies. As the oldest institution of higher eduction in agricultural science in Indonesia, the faculty has been playing an important role in the process of Agriculture development. In addition to the historical value Faculty of Agriculture has produce highly regarded and professional graduates in agriculture and has created quality innovation in science and technology for local, national and global implementations.
For more than 45 years old IPB has applied a unique tadition and innovative ways to invite and select the prospective students who have the best achievements from all over Indonesia.
This selection system has now been adopted as a national model for selection of new student. High-achieving and talented students from all over Indonesia are amongst the students enrolled in both under graduate and post graduate programs in Faculty of Agriculture.
Agricultural sector in Indonesia is currently facing at least four big challenges. First is the provision of food. At year 2045, population of the Indonesia is predicted to increase by more than 100 million from the current population aproximately 240 million. As a country with the 4th rank of largest population in the world. Indonesia has no choice other than implementing these if-reliance and food sovereignty. This challenge is further exacerbated by the high dependence of the entire food production, processing and distribution on fossil fuels.
The second challenge is to crate equitable prosperity for farmers and rural communities. Development of agriculture and bio-industry will provide a platform to improve the livelihood and welfare of farmers and rural communities. Today, the on-farm agricultural sector still provides employement for more than 41 prcent of the national labor force, where as more than 46 percent of population in Indonesia live in the rural areaS
Third, the agricultural sector, bio-industry in particular, is making an increasingly important to the development of the resistance national economic growth. More than 20% of non-oil Indonesia exports comes from the sector of agricultural and bio-industry.
Fourth, agricultural sector is multi disciplinary, therefore it should be managed to provide an enhanced levels of environmental services byond the provision of food and other goods. Towards the new era of the 21st century, which is an era of bio-culture and bioindustry, Faculty of Agriculture has commitmented to engage in educational activities, research and community service required to respond to these challenges.