By Adrien Salazar, 2015 TRI Fellow in Phillipines
Glorieta Mall, Makati City, Metro Manila. I find myself on the ground floor of the Glorieta 5 mall in Makati City, Philippines, standing at a booth hawking samples of three kinds of heirloom rice to strangers—Ifugao Diket, a brownish-red sticky rice from Ifugao Province, Tinawon, an aromatic fluffy white rice also from Ifugao, and Ominio, a hearty black rice from Mountain Province. Most of the people who come to the booth have never tried this rice before. “These are heirloom rices from the world heritage rice terraces of the Cordilleras,” my companions—all from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)—say to the bloggers, chefs, and foodies who come to taste these special grains.
by Erika Drazen, 2015 TRI Fellow in Sri Lanka
I set out this summer on a nearly impossible task: to trace the invisible. My research started back in October when I attended a conference called “Regional Dialogue on Women’s Inclusion in Landscape Management” led by an organization called Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN). I had read about the new discipline of Collaborative Event Ethnography, and thought that this approach should go beyond analyzing the conference itself and include the results and outcomes of the event.
As the graduate school experience of attending conferences became familiar, I began to question their larger benefits. What were the benefits? Were they worth the cost in time, money, and carbon footprint? To answer these questions, I…
by Rafael Roca, 2015 TRI Fellow
After almost a month in Lima, where I spent time with family and did final background research on the current status of gold mining in the Madre de Dios region, I arrived in Puerto Maldonado. I had seen pictures and videos of mining areas in this region, but to experience it first-hand was something else. I traveled along the interoceanic highway towards Cusco for about two hours, accompanied by the president of the mining community I was visiting.
I passed through recently built mining towns; where drinking and prostitution capture most of the miners’ income. We arrived at the entrance of the community, where two motorcycles were waiting for us. There are no roads to access this community, so the…