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The Master TreeGrower program

The Master TreeGrower program






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    • The Master TreeGrower Program Australia Africa Asia Rowan Reid Australian Agroforestry Foundation With thanks to the
    • Rowan Reid • B. Forest Sci. & M. For. Sci. • Senior Lecturer , 20 years (The University of Melbourne) • Farmer and tree grower • Australian Agroforestry Foundation 2
    • Agroforestry books/text 1987 1993 2011
    • 200,000 Australian Farmers 70% of the Australian landscape Private farmland http://audit.ea.gov.au/anra/people/docs/national/Final%20Audit%20Report%20Vol1.doc
    • Our country needs agroforestry!
    • Agroforestry for Conservation, Agriculture & Profit!
    • 1. Perfect models that farmers don’t want Despite the ‘silver-bullet’ value of AF there has not been widespread adoption – It’s not a movement. (Rita)
    • 2. Trees that farmers want on their land For the reasons they want them
    • What is ∧ AGROFORESTRY?
    • Different farmers = Different forests
    • Making agroforestry ‘attractive’ to farmers 1987 2010 1993 1987
    • 26-year-old Eucalyptus regnans grown in a multipurpose riparian buffer strip ¼ Sawn Back Sawn
    • A new story: Productive Landcare Solve problems Create opportunities
    • An ‘attractive’ story for Australian farmers Future $ from the trees you want now Creating a ‘movement’
    • The Australian Master TreeGrower 101 Programs Since 1996
    • >2000 Participants
    • The ‘Master TreeGrower’ idea Engage with a group of local farmers for 6-8 days (with some NGOs, Service providers, EOs and industry)
    • Talk about the markets for tree products and services
    • Teach measurement skills DBH, BA, MAI…..
    • Tree growth and management
    • Tree growth and wood quality (Teak) Pith Growth rings Heartwood Sapwood Cambium Bark
    • Encourage information sharing
    • Create a desire to learn/engage
    • Covers 4 levels of learning Human/Community Development Education Problem Solving Technology Skills • Experts • Examples • Experience • Tools • Trees • Techniques • Markets • Measurement • Management
    • Farmerslearnt a lot from farmers stories I’ve sharing their agroforestry
    • I’ve sharing what trees mean Farmerslearnt a lot from farmers to them
    • And….. farmers talk to farmers • Interpretation • Validation • Adaptation • Evaluation • Reject Improve the quality of the conversation
    • Peer Group Mentoring Coach, then pay, farmers to talk to farmers
    • We felt we had something different Agroforestry was about the conservation (and trees don’t talk)
    • Master TreeGrower in Uganda
    • Kabale – Southwest Uganda
    • International and local presenters Quality very high Very knowledgeable Inspiring (Kabale MTG participants)
    • Participant-hosted farm walks Owners were prepared and shared knowledge Mentoring fellow farmers (Kabale MTG participants)
    • Local industry, nursery and NGO tours Learning and seeing is better Eye opener, many opportunities (Kabale MTG participants)
    • On-farm, household & non-timber products Stove building Mushrooms Fruit Fodder Ideas to fight poverty Learnt to plant trees with a purpose (Kabale MTG participants)
    • MTG Tape Hands on – great, motivating (Kabale MTG participant)
    • Measured tree height, basal area and vol. Positive, inspiring to grow more & take more care (Kabale MTG participants)
    • Compared our management methods I learnt how to prune, thin and plant I am going to adjust right away (Kabale MTG participants)
    • Nurseryman teaching nurseywoman Original, enriching & relevant New skills to teach my community (Kabale MTG participants)
    • Shared ideas about program management Improve our programmes Long overdue but very valuable My community will benefit (Kabale MTG Professional Participants)
    • Shared food and stories Treated equally, shared together & we were very happy (Kabale MTG participant)
    • Was it a success?
    • Technology was ‘extended’
    • They liked the hat
    • The can use the MTG tape
    • They saw the value in running farm visits
    • BUT, it was not just a course with gifts It’s was a conversation starter MTG can help me, my community, my country, Africa
    • They formed the Kabale Agroforestry Network Inaugural steering committee
    • People are the same (time to bring the two worlds together) Our farms are different but the hat still fits
    • The MTG is like teaching someone to paint
    • Their impact on their landscapes Trees don’t change landscapes – People do
    • Now we go to Niger and Indonesia Photo: Tony Rinaudo/Peter Cunningham
    • Thank You
    • www.agroforestry.org.au