Welcome to the Social-Ecological Resilience Project

The Socio-Ecological Resilience Project is a research project under the Ecosophy Program of the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Inter-University Research Institute Corporation National Institutes for the Humanities, Ministry of Education. The project is a multidisciplinary research aiming at tackling challenging issues of poverty, human security and environmental degradations in a semi-arid area's rain fed agricultural economy that is highly vulnerable to climate and other environmental variability. The project involves researchers from various disciplines and from various international communities.

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Short name: Resilience Project
Keywords: resilience, poverty, social-ecological system, resource management, environmental variability, vulnerability, human security, semi-arid tropics, food security

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29th August 2013 The 4th Lusaka Workshop on Resilience in Zambia was organized and focused on Comprehensive Food Security

Participants at the 4th Lusaka Workshop, Golfview Hotel Lusaka Zambia

On 29th August 2013, ”The 4th Lusaka Workshop, Towards Comprehensive Food Security: Bridging Climate Resilience and Disaster Resilience” was organized by the Graduate School of Fisheries Science and Environmental Studies, Nagasaki University, in collaboration with Hitotsubashi University, Hokkaido University and Zambia Agricultural Research Institute. This workshop was implemented as a part of Completed Research (CR2) activities by Resilience Project. The workshop was attended by 40 participants from various stakeholders including government agencies, international organizations, universities, and NGO, including participants from Kenya and Tanzania. We actively discussed how to apply resilience in comprehensive food security and development practices. We had privilege of receiving opening addresses from distinguished guests, Mr. Takashi Kato, Second Secretary of Japanese Embassy and Mr. Rodgers Mwewa, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. This workshop is financially supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) Program No. 233100277 “Coping Strategies and Resilience of Agricultural Areas against Environmental Variability”, and Research Institute for Humanity and Nature “Vulnerability and Resilience of Social-Ecological Systems”, “Desertification and Livelihood in Semi-Arid Afro-Eurasia”. (Organizer: Chieko Umetsu, Nagasaki University; Takeshi Sakurai, Hitotsubashi University; Taro Yamauchi, Hokkaido University; Yudai Ishimoto, RIHN; Moses Mwale, Zambia Agricultural Research Institute)
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4th July 2013 The Leader of the Resilience Project Gave a Keynote Speech at JSSDR symposium

Prof. Chieko Umetsu gave a keynote speech “Food Security and Resilience in Semi-Arid Tropical Zambia” at the Japanese Society of Sand Dune Research 59th Annual Meeting Symposium “Direction of Food Issues in Drylands” on July 4, 2013 held at the Tokyo University of Technology, Campus Innovation Center.

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3rd June 2013 Dr. Yudai Ishimoto, received the Best Poster Award from JAALS

At the Japanese Association for Arid Land Studies 2013 Annual Meeting held at Hiroshima University during May 25-26, Dr. Yudai Ishimoto, RIHN, received the Best Poster Award for his presentation "Safety Net in Zambia, Semi-Arid Tropics: A Case Study Using Mobile Phone." The poster was co-authored with Mr.Hidetoshi Miyazaki, Dr. Ueru Tanaka and Dr. Chieko Umetsu. Congratulations to all!

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10th April 2013 Mr. Ken Miura, Hitotsubashi University, received the Best Article Award from AESJ

At the Agricultural Economics Society of Japan 2013 Annual Meeting held at Tokyo University of Agriculture during March 29-30, Mr. Ken Miura, Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University received the Best Article Award for his paper "Shock and Livestock Transactions in Rural Zambia: a Re-examination of the Buffer Stock Hypothesis". The paper was co-authored with Dr. Kanno Hiromitsu and Prof. Takeshi Sakurai and published at the Japanese Journal of Rural Economics in 2012. Congratulations to all!

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8th December 2012 Dr. Yudai Ishimoto Organized a Seminar on "Drought and Changes of Human Activities in the Sahel"

Dr. Yudai Ishimoto organized a half day seminar on "Drought and Changes of Human Activities in the Sahel" at the Japanese Association for Arid Land Studies Section Meeting. In the seminar, Dr. Yudai Ishimoto and Mr. Hidetoshi Miyazaki presented their research results.

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28th-29th November 2012 The Leader of the Resilience Project Gave a Keynote Speech at JIRCAS International Symposium 2012

Prof. Chieko Umetsu, the leader of the Resilience Project, gave a keynote speech at the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) International Symposium 2012 on "Resilient Food Production Systems: The Role of Agricultural Technology Development in Developing Regions." Based on research findings from the Resilience Project, Prof. Umetsu stressed the need to consider resilience of the entire food system and proposed a comprehensive approach to food security. Prof. Takeshi Sakurai, a core member of the Resilience Project, also served as a member of the discussant panel. For more details, please visit the organizer's website.

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22nd October 2012 A poster on "An Assessment of the Growth and Nutritional Status of Children in Zambia" was awarded the best poster

Ms. Arimi Mitsunaga at the Graduate School of Health Sciences, Hokkaido University, received the best poster award at the Hokkaido Universtiy's Sustainability Research Poster Contest. Ms. Arimi's winning poster entitled "An Assessment of the Growth and Nutritional Status of Children in Zambia" was based on the data of the Resilience Project. She is currently a student under the guidance of Dr. Taro Yamauchi.

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31st August 2012 The Resilience Project Members Received Best Poster Award at the World Water Week 2012

This award was given to the poster presentation at the World Water Week 2012: Water and Food Security by Prof. Chieko Umetsu. The title of the poster was “Building farmers' resilience to food insecurity in Southern Zambia under rainfall variability” co-authored by Chieko Umetsu, Yudai Ishimoto, Hiromitsu Kanno, Thamana Lekprichakul, Hidetoshi Miyazaki, Takeshi Sakurai, Hitoshi Shinjo, and Taro Yamauchi.More details and a video clip of the award presentation are available at RIHN's website.

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23rd April 2012 The Resilience Project Has Progressed to a New Phase

The Resilience Project has now progressed from a Full Research (FR) phase to a Completed Research (CR) phase starting from FY2012 to FY2014. During this CR period, the project will focus on knowledge disseminations. The fourth Lusaka Resilience Workshop has been planned for August 2013. The project will continue to provide Resilience Working Paper Series as a forum to communicate resilience research and to refine ideas. For authors interested in contributing a working paper, please see author instructions here.

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23rd April 2012 Resilience Project Has Been Rated with Highest Achievement Category

On 16th February 2012, external Project Evaluation Committee (PEC) members met to evaluate RIHN's projects. The Resilience Project has been favorably rated as highly compatible with RIHN’s founding mission and as a successful achiever of most of the original research goals which is the highest category of project rating. The project wishes to express sincere gratitude to project members, collaborators from Zambia, India and the USA, and farmers for their tireless contributions. We also wish to thank PEC members for their valuable advice and for their positive review.

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3rd April 2012 A Resilience Project's Member Has Received the Best Poster Award

Mr. Ken MIURA, a member of the Resilience Project and a Ph.D candidate of the Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University, has received the best poster award at the Japanese Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting 29-30 March 2012 held at Kyushu University. The title of the poster was "Who Purchases Weather Index Insurance?: Results from a Field Experiment in Rural Zambia". The poster was co-authored by Prof. Takeshi SAKURAI, a core member of the Resilience Project.

Congratulations to both members!

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3rd April 2012 The Resilience Project at a Well-Attended Planet under Pressure's Session

At the Planet under Pressure Meeting in London 25-29 March 2012, Associate Professor Chieko UMETSU, the leader of the Resilience Project, presented outcomes of the Project at the Food Security session organized by Ken Cassman, Peter Gregory, Mike Bushell, and Sebastain Sensnesi. The session was filled with 200 people and active discussion followed.

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30th March 2012

Akinori KITSUKI and Takeshi SAKURAI, Hitotsubashi University, are the authors of the working paper titled "Consumption Smoothing and the Role of Wild Food Items in Rural Zambia"

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30th March 2012

Sayuri KON*, Thamana LEKPRICHAKUL** and Taro YAMAUCHI* are the authors of the working paper titled "Nutrient Intake, Physical Activity, and Travel Patterns of Adults Living in Contrasting Ecological Zones in Rural Zambia during the Less Labor-intensive Season for Farming"

*Hokkaido University
**Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

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19th March 2012

Yudai ISHIMOTO and Hidetoshi MIYAZAKI, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature , are the authors of the working paper titled "Historical Change of Neighborhood Community and Marriage Range of Gwembe Tonga in Southern Zambia"

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19th March 2012

Hidetoshi MIYAZAKI, Yudai ISHIMOTO and Ueru TANAKA, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, are the authors of the working paper titled "The Importance of Sweet Potatoes in Rural Villages in Southern Province, Zambia"

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20th October 2011

Noriko NARISAWA from Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS), Kyoto University, is the author of the working paper titled "Diversified Livelihood of Peasant Women in Southern Zambia"

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30th August 2011
Village Feedback Meetings

Village Meeting

The Social-Ecological Resilience Project and Zambia Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI) held a series of village meetings to provide research feedback at the Resilience Project’s study sites in Southern Province from 28-30 August 2011. A total number of 180 villagers attended research feedback meetings. During the events, key research findings that are of interest to villagers such as variability of rainfall patterns, maize yield and villagers’ health status were explained. Farmers also reflected and discussed their local vision of how to improve resilience of their livelihoods in lively atmospheres.

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25th August 2011
The 3rd Lusaka Resilience Workshop Successfully Completed

3rd Lusaka Workshop

The Third Lusaka Resilience Workshop, held at the Golfview Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia, was successfully completed on Aug 25, 2011. The central theme of the workshop was "Towards Resilience of Rural Households and Communities". His excellency, Mr. Akio Egawa, the Ambassador of Japan in Zambia, graced this important occasion by personally delivering an opening speech and warmly interacting with participants. Sixty-one attendees from various international development agencies, universities, research institutes, government officials and non-profit organizations attended this special event.

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5th July 2011 The 35th Resilience Seminar
Co-organizer: Jumpei Kubota’s Incubation Studies, RIHN
Speaker: Yoshiyuki Kawazoe, Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo

Title: Think about Our Scenery

Thursday, July 28th, 2011, 16:00-17:00
Lecture Hall, RIHN
Held in Japanese
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28th June 2011 The 34th Resilience Seminar
Speaker: Atsushi Suzuki, A & M Consultant, Japan

Title: The Trend of Crop Diversification and the Results of the Crop Diversification Support Project in Zambia

Monday, July 25th, 2011, 16:00-17:00
Seminar room 1/2, RIHN
Held in Japanese
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24th June 2011 The Resilience International Symposium 2011 Successfully Completed

The RIHN’s Resilience Project together with the RIHN’s Oikos Initiative successfully held the Resilience International Symposium under the theme “Building Social-Ecological Resilience in a Changing World” between 18-20 June 2011 at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto.

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Dr. Brian Walker, CSIRO Research Fellow and Resilience Alliance Program Director & Chair of Board, gave a keynote speech titled "Putting Resilience Thinking into Practice" at the Resilience International Symposium

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10th May 2011 The 33rd Resilience Seminar
Speaker: Lisa Cliggett, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky

Title: The Revolving Door of Parks and People?: Access and Alienation in a Zambian Park Buffer Zone

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011; 14:00-16:00
Meeting Room no. 332 on the 3rd floor of Inamori Memorial Hall, Kyoto University
Held in English
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2nd May 2011

Emerita Professor Elizabeth Colson, University of California at Berkeley, who has spent more than 50 years conducting research in Gwembe Tonga of Southern Province, Zambia is the author of this invited paper.

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4th December 2010 Successful Resilience Session at JASID Annual Meeting 2010

Four project’s members, i.e. Chieko UMETSU, Takeshi SAKURAI, Thamana LEKPRICHAKUL and Shuhei SHIMADA, presented their papers under an organized session on "Resilience of Social-Ecological and Poverty Reduction" at the Japan Association of International Development (JASID) Annual Meeting 2010. The conference was held at Waseda University, Tokyo, between December 4-5 . A large group of audiences of approximately 80 persons attended the session in a lively discussion atmosphere, particularly on the roles of resilience on developments.

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2nd November 2010 GLP 2010 Conference Participation

GLP Meeting 2010's Participants from the Social-Ecological Resilience Project

Four members of the Social-Ecological Resilience Project, i.e. (from right to left) Tom Evans, Hidetoshi Miyazaki, Kume Takeshi, and Thamana Lekprichakul, presented their studies on issues relating to social-ecological resilience at the GLP Open Science Meeting 2010 at the Arizona State University between October 17-19, 2010. To view abstracts of all four presentations, please click here.

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8th March 2010 International Workshop on "The Indian Ocean Tsunami: 5 Years Later": Successfully Completed

WS Participants
Researchers and policy makers from various countries
attended the Tsunami Workshop

The Social-Ecological Resilience Project successfully held an international workshop on "The Indian Ocean Tsunami: 5 Years Later" at the Hotel Grand Pacific (formerly called the Allson Hotel), Singapore on March 3rd, 2010. The workshop was attended by researchers and policy makers from India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Singapore,Thailand and Japan. Objectives, presenters, paper title and abstract can be found here.

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13th October 2009 Elinor Ostrom Won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences!

Professor Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University has become the first female to win the Nobel Prize in economics. The prize is shared by professor Oliver Williamson of UC Berkeley. They won the award for their seminal work in the field of economic governance.

We feel particularly close to Professor Ostrom because of our common interest in resilience research and her past connection with our project. On July 3rd, 2006, the Resilience Project together with the Society of Commons Studies and Biwa-Yodo Watershed Project invited professor Ostrom to give a lecture on "Developing Methods for Institutional Analysis" at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature.

Ostrom's lecture at RIHN
Professor Ostrom was giving a lecture at RIHN

The lecture was well attended by
scholars from various institutes and general public.

Congratulations to professor Ostrom and professor Williamson!!!

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28th August 2009 The 2nd Lusaka Workshop on Social-Ecological Resilience Was a Success.

The RIHN's Resilience Project together with Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) jointly organized the second Resilience Workshop on the 28th August 2009 at Mika Lodge, Zambia. More than 50 participants from various countries such as Japan, USA, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Zambia attended the workshop in a lively and insightful discussion atmosphere. The workshop was privileged to have Dr. Elizabeth Colson, a UC Berkeley's emerita professor who has studied Zambia's Tonga since 1950s, in attendance to provide comments.

 Photo of the 2nd Lusaka Workshop's Participants
Participants of the Second Lusaka Workshop on Social-Ecological Resilience
(Emerita Professor Elizabeth Colson is sitting in the front row)

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Past Events and Activities
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12th April 2010 Core members meeting and the 30th Resilience Seminar held at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Seminar room 1-2, on 10th April 2010

Working Paper on Social-Ecological Resilience Series, No. 2009-011 has been published.

Past Events and Activities

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