INAFE formalizes commitment of member institutions; Elects Dr. Wulandari as Chair

Representatives of member institutions of the Indonesian Network for Agroforestry Education (INAFE) signed a Memorandum of Agreement formalizing their institutional commitments to the network during the 3rd INAFE General Meeting on 5-6 May 2009 in Lampung University, Bandar Lampung. The commitment signing is part of SEANAFE’s orientation program for head representatives of member institutions to help sustain country network operations.

The meeting also produced the following major decisions for INAFE:

  • Invitation of 5 universities as new members of INAFE, namely: Sumatra Utara University, Nonmensen University, Jambi University, Sebelas Maret University, and Tanjungpura University.
  • Approval of the INAFE Charter
  • Amendment on membership policy to accept individuals other than institutions; membership is now open to (a) education and research institutions; (b) national and local government agencies; (c) nongovernmental organizations; (d) business/private sector; and (e) community organizations
  • Approval of annual membership fee collection
  • Approval of INAFE program plan for year 2009-2011

Also during the meeting, Dr. Christine Wulandari was elected as INAFE Chair from period 2009 – 2011. Dr. Wulandari was serving as Officer-in-Charge of the network as a result of the temporary leave of the incumbent Chair, Dr. Suhardi, since 2008.

INAFE’s National Seminar Highlights : Agroforestry as the Future Sustainable Land Use

Twenty-eight papers were presented during a National Seminar on “Agroforestry as the Future Sustainable Land Use” organized by the Indonesian Network for Agroforestry Education (INAFE) on 7 May 2009 in Lampung University, Bandar Lampung.

The seminar was aimed at sharing research results that would provide evidences on the benefits and potentials of agroforestry as the future sustainable land use not only in Indonesia but could be elsewhere in the world. The papers were presented in parallel sessions addressing four general concerns on agroforestry, namely: (a) agroforestry market opportunities and drivers of agroforestry land use; (b) agroforestry’s contribution to agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability; (c) tree-based rehabilitation of degraded lands and watersheds; and (d) policy options and institutional innovations for agroforestry land use.

Attended by 62 participants from INAFE member institutions, government research agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and students, the seminar was a testament that sharing knowledge from various sectors can facilitate informed decision-making to widen the application of agroforestry in helping address national concerns on livelihood, food security, poverty, and natural resource management in Indonesia.

The seminar was held back-to-back with INAFE’s 3rd General Meeting. INAFE will come up with the seminar proceedings soon.