Agriculture and land use

Dealing with poverty traps

PhD student Jamila Haider explains social-ecological traps and how that has affected agricultural areas in Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

In this video PhD student Jamila Haider will present her research on  the drivers and feedbacks that maintain social-ecological traps in agricultural societies. Using the example of Tajikistan and Afghanistan, Haider explains the role land use change plays in creating and maintaining situations where people and societies become "locked" in poverty.

Using an institutional analysis framework, Jamila is developing a typology of the interactions and outcomes of traps to identify their social and ecological drivers and assess related implications for ecosystem services and human wellbeing.

Haider worked with the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan and Afghanistan from 2009-2011, where she coordinated a cross-border rural development programme. She is co-author of the book With our hands: A celebration of food, and life, in the Afghan and Tajik Pamirs (2013), which documents traitional knowledge and tells the story of a rapidly changing cultural landscape. She has an M. Phil in Geography from the University of Cambridge and previous degrees in Biology and Political Science from Carleton University in Canada.


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