Northumberland as an Agricultural Hub

Northumberland has very few dairy farmers. The farmers are confined to the south regions of the county, mainly due to the low-lying areas. According to DEFRA, dairy farming in Northumberland has seen a fall and will continue to do so in the future. Prior to the fall in dairy farming, dairy farmers were mostly present…

Farming in Northumberland National Park

Northumberland National Park is known to cover at least a quarter of Northumberland, and the land has a variety of uses. The landscape that is seen in the park today is the result of thousands of years of farming. Around three quarters of the national park is used for farming purposes. This, considering the fact…

Dompet Dhuafa – Till We Meet Again

I spent exactly 1 month in Indonesia documenting the various projects undertaken by Dompet Dhuafa Republika in Indonesia. It was, by far, one of the best international experiences that I’ve ever had. From the first day itself, I started to enjoy the place. I had a completely different image of Indonesia when I was in…

Radio Republik Indonesia

It may have been all of a sudden, but I was asked by one of the teachers at Smart Ekselensia to join her in their weekly english radio show where they encourage people to talk in english. Their moto itself was “speak english no matter what”, which gives you an idea of what the show…

Shellfish/Mussel and Catfish farming – Serang and Jampang Village

There were three visits that I had done when it came to looking at the fish farmers that Dompet Dhuafa supported. There were three different types of fish that the farms were farming, were shellfish, mussels and catfish. All three visits were a new experience for me since I had never seen fish farming. There were…

Organic Rice and Vegetable Farming at Bogor and Cianjur

When it came to the organic farmers that Dompet Dhuafa supported, I was taken to two different cities where both practiced organic farming while growing rice and various vegetables. The first farm that I visited was immediately after visiting the home industries (brick and wallet) the next day. It was also the first time that…

Wallet Home Industry – Lebak

After visiting the brick making facility, we were then taken to an industry where they made wallets. Now, when I say industry, I’m not talking about a facility where they make wallets in huge numbers. The wallets, yes, they are produced on a scale of thousands. But the people making the wallets, a mere 4….

Brick Home Industry – Lebak

Bricks, as we all know, are quite literally the building blocks of construction. Eventhough these days a lot of houses are made from modern construction materials, a vast majority of them are still constructed using bricks. The use of bricks as a construction material is most commonly found in developing countries – Indonesia being one…

Oyster Mushroom Farming in Bogor

Visiting a mushroom farm was the first project that I got to document with Masyarakat Mandiri. To be honest, I thought it was going to be a really complex farming system with machines and other expensive equipment, but to my surprise, it was one of the simplest set-ups that I’ve ever come across. As an…

Dompet Dhuafa turning 20, and a few surprises!

So it was day 3 in Indonesia. The previous 2 days were quite productive, eventhough I hadn’t really started my work yet. On Saturday evening, after returning from Smart Ekselensia, I thought, like almost everyone everywhere, I would have a day off on a Sunday. However, I was told that it was Dompet Dhuafa’s 20th…

Smart School for Smart Students

So it was my second day in Indonesia when I visited a school in Bogor. I had settled in quite well, had all the rest I needed, and it was now time to get working. Fortunately for me, I arrived in Indonesia just a day before ‘Smart Ekselensia’, a school run by Dompet Dhuafa Republika…

Photo-documentation in Indonesia

About 2 months ago, I left for Indonesia for my first ever internship. I was pretty excited and nervous at the same time. Excited – because I was about to do something that I’ve never done before. Nervous – well, for the very same reason. I wasn’t sure of how the trip would turn out…