PAFERN Avails Fund Support from the Asia-Pacific Network (APN) for Global Change Research

The PAFERN’s project proposal entitled “Scaling-Up Agroforestry Promotion Towards Climate Change Mitigation in Southeast Asia” was approved for funding by the APN under its CaPABLE Program.

The project revolves around capacity-building, exchange/sharing of knowledge and technical expertise, and public awareness programs aimed at disseminating the potentials of agroforestry in mitigating climate change. The project is a regional collaboration of five country networks of SEANAFE, namely: Indonesian Network for Agroforestry Education (INAFE), Lao Network for Agroforestry Education (LaoNAFE), Vietnam Network for Agroforestry Education (VNAFE), Thailand Network for Agroforestry Education (ThaiNAFE), and PAFERN.

Five major components highlight this one-year project. These include: a) organizational meeting of the Project Facilitating Team (PFT)/country network coordinators who would help facilitate the overall project implementation; b) formation of multisectoral task forces that would serve as conduits to agroforestry promotion and institutionalization in the five participating countries; c) packaging of instructional and information materials on agroforestry for use in public awareness programs; d) Agroforestry Roadshows as information campaign activity for agroforestry promotion in the most strategic location in the five participating countries; and, e) formulation of a policy brief about the potentials of agroforestry in climate change mitigation.

The project is being spearheaded by PAFERN, with Dr. Orlando P. Almoite of the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU), Philippines as the Project Leader. The project commenced in June 2009 and will end on June 2010.

SEANAFE accepts 3 more MS Research Fellows (Batch 2)

Three more students, 2 from Indonesia and 1 from Thailand, were awarded the MS Research Fellowship (Batch 2) by the SEANAFE Board.

The additional grantees and their university affiliation and research topics are as follows:

1. Ms. Penny Pujowati
Institute Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia
Agroforestry Landscape Management Plan For Karang Mumus River Basin, The Down Stream Of Mahakam, East Kalimantan

2. Ms. Patinya Srikawi
Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Effect of Agroforestry Management on Growth and Yield of Longkong (Aglaia dookoo Giff.) and Rubber (Hevea brasiliensis M.) under Mixed Cropping System.

3. Ms. Nurka Cahyaningsih
Lampung University, Indonesia
Analysis of Agroforestry Practices based on Community Forestry Policy (West Lampung Case Study)

SEANAFE now has 6 MS Research Fellows for Batch 2.

The grantees were provided US$1,500 each to complete their research and earned their MS degrees in their respective universities by August 2009. They are expected to abide by the rules and regulations of the Fellowship and comply with its requirements as stipulated in the contract they signed with the World Agroforestry Centre-Southeast Asia Regional Office (ICRAF) as its host institution of SEANAFE.

Because no applicants qualified from Laos, LaoNAFE, with concurrence from the SEANAFE Board, has decided to use its allocation to conduct a 3-day training on Carbon Stock Assessment in Agroforestry Systems in August 2009. The training expects to benefit around 16 faculty members from LaoNAFE member institutions. On the other hand, ThaiNAFE’s allocation for one more student will be used for student and faculty exchange activities among its member institutions.

The fellowship is made possible through funding support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).