Working With Local Land Users
To understand the social and ecological structures and organisation of agrobiodiversity in the Western Ghats, the research team incorporates farmers' experiences in their research design and analysis. Using participatory methods and field experiments, the researchers tap into the knowledge of female and male farmers. In order to enable the integration of different strands of knowledge and to understand landscape level changes of a socio-ecological system, geospatial tools and technique are applied. Apart from indigenous farmers, other stakeholders such as agribusiness and tourism industry are included in the analysis to generate a holistic picture.
Building upon this joint research process, the collected data facilitates a critical engagement with the stakeholders’ different interests regarding land use and change dynamics.
Feedback workshops with all involved stakeholders create the space for mutual feedback, learning and insight into the local land users own assessment of the situation.