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The motivations of the farmer researchers to conduct experiments on soil fertility, is enquired through a game involving a ranking with corn grains.

Agus Motivation BatuSura

In the village Batu Sura‘ a meeting takes place in the community house..

Climate Resilient Agriculture Investigation and Innovation Project (CRAIIP)

SLE supports a solution oriented research cooperation project in Indonesia, funded by Brot für die Welt and titled “Climate resilient agriculture investigation and innovation project” (CRAIIP)
Local partners are a community organising program of the church of Toraja, Kondoran, the Indonesian farmer organisation for integrated farming, IPPHTI, and the Uuniversities in Makassar, UNHAS,and Bandung, UNPAD.

In nine villages in southern Sulawesi and western Java, small farmers will be supported in conducting field experiments, in order to test innovative agricultural methods and to assess their climate resilience. Important for this is not only high productivity, but also resilience of the crops, soil fertility and economic questions. The experiments are adjusted to the most urgent needs of the farmers. This includes issues like disease and parasites with chili pepper, apical-blossom end rot of tomatoes, caused by a disparity of calcium and crop losses due to field mice and rats. Another goal of the research cooperation is establishing participatory innovation development (PID) in the universities. Additionally to workshops and meetings with the “farmer researchers”, lectures at the partner universities are planned. The first of many lectures was held in front of students and lecturers, on September 11th 2017, at Hasanuddin University (UNHAS). UNHAS in Makassar partakes in the field research with three lecturers and multiple students.

Attached is a link to UNHAS’ web presence, reporting on the signing of the cooperation agreement between Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and UNHAS, and the opening event, including the guest lecture of SLEs’ Dr. Silke Stöber.