Systemic Practice and Action Research

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 309–324 | Cite as

Action Research on Land Management in the Western Amazon, Peru – A Research Process, Its Outcomes and the Researcher’s Role

  • Kristina Marquardt Arévalo
  • Magnus Ljung
Original Paper


The article explores the action research process throughout a land management research project, with the ambition to reflect upon action research as a working approach. It is shown how this process is experienced from a researcher’s point of view and it critically analyses its methodology and process, outcome and the role of the action researcher.

The learning environment known to farmers and framed by local institutions and practical experimentation, embedded in the local worldview, constituted a necessary starting point for achieving motivation and practical outcomes. Tight feedback loops between practice and reflection enabled joint learning and innovation and rapid implementation of measures suggested by the farmers. The approach could be particularly useful for local NGOs and local universities.


Action research Farmer experimentation Land management Amazon 



We would like to thank PRADERA for sharing their knowledge and work with us, especially PRADERA’s coordinator Marío Arévalo Rivera but also the rest of the knowledgeable and hardworking team. We would like to thank Nadarajah Sriskandarajah, David Gibbon and Elin Fjeldtvedt Gibbon for valuable comments. The research has been possible due to Kristina Marquardt Arévalo’s JPO-position at the Land Use Group at CIAT (International Center of Tropical Agriculture), Colombia, during the fieldwork. The study was supported by grants from The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida/Sarec).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Urban and Rural Development, the Unit of AgroecologyThe Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.SLU External Relations – SkaraSkaraSweden

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