Blog post prepared by Sacha Amaruzaman
Sacha Amaruzaman, a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR), shared his work in a session on “Sustainable production landscapes and seascapes for biodiversity, human livelihoods and well-being” during the International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP 2018) in Yokohama, Japan.
In the session, Sacha presented his collective work in promoting co-investment in environmental stewardship with the smallholders, local government, and the private sector in Indonesia.
This initiative was implemented under an action-research called the Smart Tree-Invest of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), in which he was involved as a project and research officer.
Through the co-investment, defined as the involvement and collaboration between actors to maintain and improve the landscapes, the Smart Tree-Invest promoted the utilisation of agroforestry and the capacity building of actors to enable them to co-invest in their watershed and coastal landscapes.
Agroforestry, or tree-based farming system, is promoted in the co-investment scheme because of its multiple benefits, which covers the provision of sustainable livelihood for farmers as well as the enhancement of various ecosystem services provided from the agricultural landscape
The case study that Sacha presented shows the potential of the co-investment to reduce farmers’ vulnerability as well as improving the carbon stock and hydrological services provided from the watershed where he worked.
Sacha’s thesis with GFAR on developing the sound agricultural and environmental policy in the upland area of Indonesia and is built on his previous work, in which he aims to provide recommendations to improve the landscape and livelihood of farmers.
His thesis is a part of IndoGreen project, an Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) funded research project led by GFAR that focuses on several upland areas in Java and Sumatra Islands of Indonesia.