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close this book Forestry training manual for the Africa region
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View the document Words about transition
View the document Session 1 : Welcome, expectations, and evaluation criteria
View the document Session 2 : Special projects
View the document Session 3 : The forests of the world, peace corps' forestry goals, the individual volunteer's role
View the document Session 4 : Record keeping - group process
View the document Session 5 : Video tapes
View the document Session 6 : Agro-forestry data collection
View the document Session 7 : Feedback
View the document Session 8 : Flowers, seeds, the beginning
View the document Session 9 : Nutrition
View the document Session 10 : Non-verbal communication
View the document Session 11 : Germination
View the document Session 12 : Coping skills
View the document Session 13 : Basic site selection, planning & layout of a nursery
View the document Session 14 : Review of trainees' nursery plan
View the document Session 15 communication through illustration
View the document Session 16 : Soil preparation, seedbed sowing
View the document Session 17 : Individual interviews
View the document Session 18 : Reproduction by clippings and nursery review
View the document Session 19 : Introduction to extension
View the document Session 20 : Protection and record keeping (Insect collection)
View the document Session 20A : Chicken preparation
View the document Session 21 : The volunteers' role as an extensionist
View the document Session 22 : Tropical horticulture: care, tending and disease control
View the document Session 23 : Women in development - part I
View the document Session 24 : Team building
View the document Session 25 : Building and using a rustic transit
View the document Session 26 : Women in development - part II
View the document Session 27 : Working with groups as an extension worker
View the document Session 28 : Trees: identification & planting
View the document Session 29 : Lesson plan and use of visual aids in teaching
View the document Session 30 : The ugly American
View the document Session 31 : Catchments - sowing of seedlings into catchments
View the document Session 32 : Weekly interview
View the document Session 33 : Agro-forestry
View the document Session 34 : Community analysis introduction
View the document Session 35 : Soils
View the document Session 36 : Community analysis
View the document Session 37 : Irrigation
View the document Session 38 : Review of expectations - mid-way
View the document Session 39 : Problem analysis
View the document Session 40 : Soil erosion
View the document Session 41 : Species report - research demonstration
View the document Session 42 : Cultural values
View the document Session 43 : Wellbeing
View the document Session 44 : Field trip overview
View the document Session 45 : Agro-forestry reports
View the document Session 46 : Weekly interview
View the document Session 47 : Leave on week-long field trip
View the document Session 48 : Pesticides
View the document Session 49 : Review of field trips
View the document Session 50 : Resources
View the document Session 51 : Area measurement, pacing, compass use
View the document Session 52 : Compost heap - greenhouse construction - germination percentage
View the document Session 53 : Culture shock
View the document Session 54 : Range management
View the document Session 55 : Grafting and fruit trees
View the document Session 56 : Professional approaches to interaction with host country officials
View the document Session 57 : Project planning: goal setting
View the document Session 58 : Final interviews
View the document Session 59 : Ecology teams presentations
View the document Session 60 : Graduation

Session 6 : Agro-forestry data collection

Total time 4 hours

Goals

- To collect data to be used in agro-forestry projects,

- To interview people in the neighboring community.

Overview

This session introduces the trainees to the collection of data which can be found in the community using a list of questions. The trainees experience for the first time talking with strangers about forestry issues and community attitudes. This session also gives the neighboring community an opportunity to meet potential Peace Corps Volunteers.

Exercise

1. Community Interviews

Materials

Flip chart with interview questions.

Exercise 1 Community Interviews

Total time 4 hours

Objectives

- To interview community members using a set of questions,

- To obtain data for an agro-forestry project.

Overview

During this session, the trainees are asked to go into a local community to interview residents using a set format to collect forestry data for use in later sessions. The trainees also test interviewing skills and serve as representatives of Pence Corps in the community as such, they are encouraged to dress and comport themselves in a professional manner.

Procedures

Activities

1. the trainer gives the trainees the following list of questions to ask in the community

A. Climatic data (local beliefs and official in formation);

- rainfall,

- temperature,

- problems; beliefs; frequency and seriousness, frost? hail? drought? storms?

B. Uses of forest products;

- local uses - prices,

- commercial uses - prices.

C. Forest problems.

D. Local attitudes and/or traditions related to trees or forests.

E. The ten most common trees local and scientific names.

F. Agricultural crops that are grown that might have agro-forestry potential.

G. Fruit trees.

H. Soil;

- general soil types,

- erosion problems,

- attempts at erosion control.

I. Land tenure;

- ownership patterns,

- size of holdings.

J. Animals (wild and domestic) and their influence on forestry.

K. Measurements and equivalents;

- local land measurements,

- local distance measurements,

- forest product measurements.

Time

10 minutes

Activities

2. The trainer gives the trainees a schedule for being dropped and picked up and assigned areas for the interviews. He/she also mentions that they are Peace Corps Trainees and are representing Peace Corps to fellow Americans - many of whom are unaware of Peace Corps' activities in recent years. They must also be prepared to be interviewed by community members.

Time

5 minutes

Trainer’s Note: We checked with the vice mayor about having the trainees interview people. He thought that the people of Oracle would be very receptive. The trainees collected a great deal more data than we expected and did an excellent public relations service for Peace Corps.

Activities

3. The trainees are transported to sites for data collection and returned.

Time

3 hours

Activities

4. The trainers ask groups to report on the events of the last three hours but not to report the data. Each group shares events and outcome of activity. 5. The trainer wraps-up the session by asking if trainees think that they might have similar experiences in Africa? He/she reminds the trainees that the data will be used later for agro-forestry projects. Some of the interaction skills that they used will be sharpened during the next few weeks.

Time

30 - 40 minutes