Category Archives: Issue: Land Conversion

In the News: The Marginalization of Bali’s Farmers

The growing threat to Bali’s agricultural heritage was recently highlighted by a statement from the head of the Indonesian Entrepreneurs Association (APINDO) declaring that Bali is no longer a suitable location for farming activities. In the view of a Balinese business leader, apparently Bali is becoming too crowded for the Balinese who should now be prepared to move on and make more room for tourist activities.

Quoted in Beritabali.com, the chairman of APINDO, Panundiana Khun, said that the diminishing amount of land available for agriculture in Bali means the government should undertake a large program of transmigration, moving Balinese farmers to other areas of Indonesia, such as Kalimantan.

Read more at Bali Discovery

In the News: Stanford land-use expert brings satellite data down to Earth

By integrating remote satellite imagery with revelations from door-to-door interviews, Stanford University geographer Eric Lambin and his colleagues are exploring the complex conditions that give rise to a broad range of land-use challenges – from the reforestation of Vietnam to the spread of Lyme disease in Belgium.

For decades, orbiting satellites have peered downward to gather information about the surface of the Earth, giving scientists an unprecedented view of the planet. Using this data, researchers have created maps of deforestation and other land-use changes over time.

Satellites are precise tools, able to measure the rate of photosynthesis in a tiny clump of trees in the heart of the Amazon Basin. But satellite technology reveals little about the people living beneath the canopy who decide the fate of the trees around them. For a deeper understanding of how and why humans alter their environment, researchers need to talk face-to-face with the people who live there.

Read the full story at Eurekalert

In the News (Indonesia): About 75,000 ha of rice fields converted for other purposes in Jambi

(Economic progress cannot be pursued at the expense of food security. Rice production should be supported and made profitable for farmers. Land use policies protecting rice production areas need to be passed. — Admin)

Out of 191,774 hectares of rice fields in Jambi province, about 75,000 hectares have been converted for other purposes, including palm oil and rubber plantations, over the last three to five years.

Data at Setara Foundation, which provides advocation to farmers, discloses that the fast rate of conversion was recorded in three of the 10 regencies in Jambi.

According to the data, the fastest rate of conversion took place in East Tanjung Jabung regency, Jambi’s rice production center, with conversion coverage reaching 15,000 hectares.

Read the full story at The Jakarta Post