If you can peek into the minds of smallholder farmers, what will you see?
More researchers are acknowledging the importance of involving stakeholders in their studies. For one, the stakeholders usually know more about the conditions in the project sites. They also have experience in what has worked in the past, and therefore would have an idea of what might work. Focus group discussions (FGDs) and in-depth interviews are usually used to learn more about the insights of the people in the communities.
Ryan Tulusan, a smallholding farmer from Barangay Bantuanon in Lantapan, poses in front of his farm while showing which areas get flooded during the rainy season. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Amy Cruz
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Philippines largely works with smallholding farmers in upland communities and protected areas. One of our projects is the Climate-smart, tree-based, co-investment in adaptation and mitigation in Asia (Smart Tree-Invest). It has different sites in Indonesia, Viet Nam and the Philippines, and has been ongoing from March 2013 up to March 2017. In the Philippines, the main site is the municipality of Lantapan, Bukidnon province in the southern part of the country. Lantapan sits on the foot slopes of Mount Kitanglad, one of the protected areas in the country.
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