Traditional Food Mapping as Part of Urban Heritage Conservation: Opportunity and Challenge

Traditional food is one of the cultural assets that is closely related to and plays an important role in the conservation of urban heritage. Tempe, for instance, is a traditional food that has been recognized as the nation's cultural heritage. Conservation of urban heritage has multiple values such as cultural, aesthetic, educational, environmental, social, historical, and economic value. Revitalization of traditional food provides economic benefit for the city and neighborhoods. It is also encouraging the preservation of unrecognized urban heritage. However, the revitalization of traditional foods in the era of globalization is not without challenges. Consumption habit in a global era, tend to be more and more practical, fast, convenient, functional and healthy especially for those who live in urban areas. In attempt to preserve this cultural asset, Center for Food and Nutrition Studies through its division (Center for Traditional Food Studies) in Gadjah Mada University has developed a system for traditional food mapping model as part of urban heritage conservation and development. The system linked traditional food with cultural, social, and historical, as well as science and technological aspects. Several books on urban food heritage have been published in collaboration with the local governments all over Indonesia such as Yogyakarta, Banten, Central and East Java. Mapping of local traditional foods has also created innovative strategies for community involvement, partnership building, financial support, product development and promotion. It has set new strategies that enable collaboration among groups such as food producers, urban heritage organizations, university, government, cultural community as well as the tourism industry.

Keywords: traditional food, urban heritage, mapping, conservation

Mrs. Dr. Eni Harmayani
Faculty of Agricultural Technology
Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta


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