| Agroforestry in-service training: A training aid for Asia & the Pacific Islands |
0800 - 1600 hrs.
FIELD TRIP TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES
For participants to practice extension techniques and site survey methodologies while gathering information to be used in their agroforestry reports.
• The large group divides into six predetermined small groups and are transported to different local communities.
• Each group is assigned a trainer who acts as a passive observer during the site survey/information gathering process. This is done so that the trainers have a complete understanding of the information gathered to be better prepared for the discussion of the group presentations made at the end of training.
The field trip requires excellent advance planning. Those communities to be visited by the participants should be contacted well in advance and follow-up visits by the trainers should be made prior to the appointed date for the field exercise. The communities should be made aware of the process and what the trainees will be doing, do not raise the communities expectations. It can be quite disruptive to the "going-one" of a community if a large unexpected group of outsiders descends on them without ample advance warning.
1630 - 1730 hrs
ECOLOGICAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ADVANTAGES OF AGROFORESTRY SYSTEMS
The participants will have an understanding of the ecological, economic and social benefits of utilizing agroforestry systems. They will, upon return to their work sites be able to incorporate this information into their programs and extension activities.
Procedure: Lecture should include:
• Generalized and specific ecological benefits (general: reduction of pressure on forest lands, protection of upland ecological systems; specific: reduction of soil erosion and increase in soil fertility).
• Economic benefits for individuals, communities and entire regions through an increase in product output which should have a proportional increase in the level of farmer income.
• Social benefits, i.e., improved rural living standards, improved nutrition and health conditions and the stabilization of upland communities.
1730 - 1800
REVIEW & PROCESSING (same as day one)
1800 - 1900 hrs.
To provide an opportunity for sharing information on the work and specific forestry projects and practices of the participants in their work site/country. This session attempts to provide an opportunity for participants to discuss the similarities of their projects and successful and unseccessful solutions applied to problems they have encountered on these projects.
Slide show presentation and discussion is lead by three of the countries participating. This activity is repeated throughout the training program to allow participants who came with slide shows an opportunity to present them.
This was a fun activity, enjoyed by all the participants as well as the staff. It relaxed and lcoclosened-upsened-up the participants and got more of an informal atmosphere established.