Physics Education Study Program Lecturers Conduct Research on Strategies for Overcoming Extreme Poverty Using a Topography-Based Multidimensional Approach

Poverty is a problem that requires attention from every group. In Indonesia, overcoming poverty has always been a record of democracy to this day. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, poverty reduction was already showing a positive trend. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has again increased the poverty rate in Indonesia. Statistical data shows that Indonesia's poverty rate fell slightly from 10.19% in September 2020 to 10.14% in March 2021, which is still higher than pre-pandemic conditions (9.22% in September 2019).

The Physics Education Study Program, Department of Physics Education, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, UNY, also shows seriousness in alleviating poverty in Indonesia. Prof. Dr. Edi Istiyono, M.Si., one of the lecturers in the physics education undergraduate and master's programs, collaborated with the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) through research entitled "Strategies for Overcoming Extreme Poverty Using a Multidimensional Approach Based on Regional Topography in Kulonprogo Regency". Research activities are ongoing with an audience with regional leaders in Kulon Progo district, Special Region of Yogyakarta on November 17, 2022.


In his presentation, Prof. Dr. Edi Istiyono, M.Si., offers various alternatives that can be done to overcome poverty in Kulon Progo Regency. Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Edi Istiyono, M.Si. said that it is crucial to take a multidimensional approach because many factors cause poverty. On the other hand, the relatively large and diverse area of Kulon Progo district requires a topographic approach so that the solutions offered can follow the social conditions of the people in Kulon Progo district.