SEANAFE co-sponsors technical session in 2nd WCA

SEANAFE, together with the African Network for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE), sponsored a technical session on “Integrating Disciplines through Agroforestry Education” on 25 August 2009 as part of the Second World Congress of Agroforestry held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Seven out of the 8 papers selected for the session were presented before a crowd of 45 participants. The papers were as follows:

1. Case study approach to curriculum and teaching materials development in agroforestry education in Southeast Asia by Jess Fernandez (SEANAFE)
2. Encouraging students’ competencies in agroforestry entrepreneurship by Richmund Palma (Philippines)
3. Enhancing integrated approaches in agricultural learning systems by Per Rudebjer and August Temu (ICRAF)
4. Implementing peri-urban agroforestry in South Africa: A case study of how upscaling agroforestry impacts on policy and curricula by Michael Underwood (South Africa)
5. The PIIP project innovation system approach for reinforcing agroforestry research at the University of Niamey in Niger by Aissetou Drame Yaye (ICRAF)
6. Opportunities and challenges of mainstreaming climate change into agriculture and natural resource education in Africa by James Kung’u (Kenya)
7. Introducing agroforestry higher education programs in Iran by Rahim Mirzaei Mola Ahmad (Iran)

The session discussions mainly revolved around the need for learning institutions to be innovative in their approaches to enhance the content and make agroforestry education more relevant to current global concerns and its stakeholders.

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).

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.

PAFERN Conducts Training-Workshop on Documentation and Assessment of Different Agroforestry Models

PAFERN organized a Training-Workshop on Documentation and Assessment of Different Agroforestry Models in the Philippines” on May 14-15, 2009 at the University of the Philippines Los Banos, Laguna. The activity was part of PAFERN’s special project on “Building Institutional Capacities on Documentation and Assessment of Different Agroforestry Models in the Philippines” funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) through SEANAFE.

The two-day training-workshop aimed to: a) share the UPLB-IAF’s experiences in conducting the documentation and assessment of agroforestry models; b) review and improve the data gathering guide; c) enhance knowledge and skills in conducting biodiversity assessment and carbon stock assessment; and, d) identify the potential agroforestry models for documentation by the participating faculty members.

Fifteen (15) PAFERN member-institutions were represented in the training-workshop, namely: Benguet State University (BSU); Abra State Institute of Science and Technology (ASIST); Kalinga-Apayao State College (KASC); MOuntain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC); Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU); Isabela State University (ISU); Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC); Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT); Camarines Sur State Agricultural College (CSSAC); Aklan State University (ASU); Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology(MOSCAT); Central Mindanao University (CMU); Southern Philippines Agribusiness, Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST); and Surigao del Norte College of Agriculture and Technology (SNCAT). These institutions are expected to serve as collaborators of PAFERN to conduct the assessment of different agroforestry models in their respective areas from June to July 2009. Part of their commitments in the project are the provision of staff time, additional funds, and sharing of research results for consolidation and submission to SEANAFE in August 2009.

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.

PAFERN Chair Shares Results of SEANAFE-Supported AF Research to ISSAAS International Congress

Dr. Lutgarda L. Tolentino, Chair of the Philippine Agroforestry Education and Research Network (PAFERN), was among the 123 oral presentors during the International Congress and Annual Meeting of the International Society of Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences (ISSAAS) held on February 23-27, 2009 at the Emerald Hotel, Ratchadapisek Road, Bangkok, Thailand.

Her paper entitled “Multifunctionality of Agroforestry: Is It Real or Just An Imagination”, highlighted the features of the four agroforestry models in the Philippines documented by PAFERN research team in 2008. The models include: a) Fruit Tree-Based Multistorey System in Laguna, Luzon Island; b) Cutflower-based Multistorey System in Laguna, Luzon Island; c) Alley Cropping System in Cebu, Visayas Island; and, d) Integrated/Complex Agroforestry System in Compostela Valley, Mindanao Island.

The paper revealed the multifunctionality of the models in terms of (1) helping address the socioeconomic needs of the farmers and community members; (2) serving as a land use management system for rehabilitating degraded lands; (3) as a strategy for enhancing biodiversity conservation; and (4) showing potentials for carbon sequestration.

The paper is the result of PAFERN’s research project entitled “Characterization and Assessment of Different Agroforestry Models in the Philippines” funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) through the SEANAFE. This study was undertaken to characterize the different agroforestry models in the Philippines, and assess their social, economic and environmental impacts to the farmers, and the farming community, as a whole.