Farmlands, or agricultural landscapes, captures the interest of a number of researchers based at the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University. On this blog we share information about research findings, activities, events and comments related to our work.

Our interest in farmlands has three roots: farming, landscape and society.
Farming as a practice, including farmers knowledge and labour investments
Landscape as society-nature relations, congealed history, and as space and place
Society as a short form for institutions, gender relations, political economy and scientific relevance

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Popular science publications

Fresh from the print three publications from the Dept of Human Geography on the SIDA financed research project that has been going on in Marakwet, Kenya and in Engaruka, Tanzania. 

These are popular science publications where we tried to simplify the language of our findings to report them back to informants and participants in our upcoming trip which will close the research project. 

The overall project looks at three variables: soil, climate and labor. These aspects can give an indication of the type of changes that happened in these irrigation systems and what have been the triggers behind them. In this booklet results are presented according to location and focus on: agricultural practices, women´s and men´s labor tasks, soil and water characteristics, adaptation weather variability and how all of these aspects have changed over time. 

Research results are seldom reported back to informants and participants. They can sometimes be of benefits for the community involved, but they most important can trigger further debate between researchers and participants. We are convinced that knowledge is situated and constructed with participants. Hence, trustworthy and socially responsible research must openly and critically engage participants until the end of research projects.  

PDF versions of these booklets are available here

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