Sarongge

Investors have gradually come to the Sarongge village on the slope of Mount Gede to cultivate various plantation products. In the meantime, hundreds of local farmer families struggle for land. Since 30-40 years ago, the farmers began to raise vegetables within national park boundary. Nowadays, without having alternate soil outside, they have to leave the park due to the national park authority’s program of reforestation. The farmers try to find alternative livelihoods with supports of a foundation. Sarongge, where this story happens, is a showcase of the collision between the need for forest and the need for farmland.  •  Most pictures I took with a cell phone camera.  •  My writing (Indonesian): Part I of three feature stories published on National Geographic-Indonesia online (2013).