Productive Food Waqf Strengthens the Role of Islamic Boarding Schools for Food Sovereignty

Global Wakaf - ACT along with Yayasan Penguatan Peran Pesantren Indonesia (YP3I) visited a number of Islamic boarding schools in Madura on Thursday (1/22/2021), aiming to introduce the programs initiated by the two institutions. Part of their agenda is to strengthen the role of pesantrens in creating food sovereignty.

Strudents prepare to distribute Waqf Rice and Waqf Drinking Water at Al Ihsan Islamic Boarding School in Sampang. (ACTNews / Reza Mardhani)

ACTNews, SAMPANG - Global Wakaf - ACT along with Yayasan Penguatan Peran Pesantren Indonesia (YP3I) visited a number of pesantrens (Islamic boarding schools) on Madura Island. The aim is to introduce the collaborative programs initiated by the two institutions, namely Productive Food Waqf and the Humanitarian Ship program launched by ACT.

"Insha Allah, we will also distribute seven tons of Waqf Rice and Waqf Drinking Water to the students, the mosque congregants, the teachers, etc. so that the benefits of this Productive Food Waqf program can be enjoyed by all people, "said Muhammad Yusuf Misbah, commonly called Gus Yusuf, as the Secretary of YP3I on Thursday (1/22/2021) before the departure.

These visits were met with positive responses from a number of Muslim scholars who received them. One of them was Kiai Fudholi, a Muslim scholar who is also the Secretary General of Aliansi Ulama Madura who received Global Wakaf – ACT and YP3I team at Misdat UQ Islamic Boarding School, Panyepen Village, Jrengik District, Sampang Regency.

Santri carry the Waqf Rice and Waqf Drinking Water from Global Wakaf-ACT. (ACTNews / Reza Mardhani)

"Humanitarian programs, especially in Madura, maybe even in Indonesia, are very much needed by the community especially in these times. So, let's inform the community about these productive programs, including programs launched by YP3I and Global Wakaf - ACT. Alhamdulillah, we (ulama) Madura really welcome it, "said Kiai Fudholi.

He is also very grateful for the Productive Food Waqf program because it aims to support food sovereignty. "Masha Allah, if we are food-sovereign, Insha Allah, we will not depend on any other country, starting from the grassroots. We really support this and we hope that it will run smoothly,” hoped Kiai Fudholi.

Gus Yusuf also invited the community to participate in creating synergy with these pesantrens. According to him, there are hundreds of thousands of Islamic boarding school students who are ready to move towards a better civilization for Indonesia and the world.

"That's why the success of this movement need to be supported by your generosity. Let's support this movement through Global Wakaf - ACT to create food sovereignty. Insha Allah, if we create sovereignty for our agriculture, animal farming and economy, our country will be a prosperous, and well-developed," concluded Gus Yusuf. []