Ahmad Kusworo

Ahmad Kusworo received his first degree in agriculture from the University of Lampung and conducted research in the province with Friends of Nature and Environment (WATALA) and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) before beginning his degree program at ANU. Since completing his PhD, Ahmad Kusworo has worked for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia and UNDP Indonesia as well as having served as the Indonesian Research Coordinator for the ANU Crawford School’s Australia Indonesia Governance Research Partnership. He is currently a Technical Advisor for Fauna & Flora International’s Indonesia Programme.

Pursuing Livelihoods, Imagining Development »

Smallholders in Highland Lampung, Indonesia

Authored by: Ahmad Kusworo
This monograph explores the ways in which people experience ‘development’ and how development shapes and maintains their lives. The discussion begins with Lampung Province, moves to one of the province’s highland regions, and ends in a village in this highland region. Colonial and post-colonial initiatives drove the transformation of Lampung in the twentieth century bringing mixed results and effects including rapid growth in agricultural production, the formation of ‘wealthy zones’ in some areas, and the creation of pockets of poverty in other areas. In Sumber Jaya and the highlands of Way Tenong, migrants have transformed one of Lampung’s last frontier regions into one of its ‘wealthy zones’. Although the bulk of these migrants migrated spontaneously, they were integrated within the framework of planned development. The level of progress that the region has achieved is largely the result of villagers’ efforts to bring state resources to the village. In conflict with forestry authorities for decades, farmers in some villages have agreed to establish a new relationship with authorities, but the struggle for control over land resources continues.