Why Stories Matter

In order to be a storyteller, to be immersed in place, you have to get to know people, you have to dive into the landscape. I've been working in Asia and Africa, on assignments and on my own, for more than a decade now. And, while I'll admit that it's the forests that first drew me in, it's now the people - those who became my kind, my fellow harvest friends, kindred spirits, the ones that helped me dive deeper, that showed me the links between conservation and livelihood.

We get a lot of questions about storytelling. What is it? And, why is it worthwhile? We start to answer this question here by looking at some of the landscapes and stories farmers have shared with us in in Java, Indonesia.