The Master TreeGrower program

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The Master TreeGrower program

  1. 1. The Master TreeGrower Program Australia Africa Asia Rowan Reid Australian Agroforestry Foundation With thanks to the
  2. 2. Rowan Reid • B. Forest Sci. & M. For. Sci. • Senior Lecturer , 20 years (The University of Melbourne) • Farmer and tree grower • Australian Agroforestry Foundation 2
  3. 3. Agroforestry books/text 1987 1993 2011
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. Our country needs agroforestry!
  6. 6. Agroforestry for Conservation, Agriculture & Profit!
  7. 7. 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)
  8. 8. 2. Trees that farmers want on their land For the reasons they want them
  9. 9. What is ∧ AGROFORESTRY?
  10. 10. Different farmers = Different forests
  11. 11. Making agroforestry ‘attractive’ to farmers 1987 2010 1993 1987
  12. 12. 26-year-old Eucalyptus regnans grown in a multipurpose riparian buffer strip ¼ Sawn Back Sawn
  13. 13. A new story: Productive Landcare Solve problems Create opportunities
  14. 14. An ‘attractive’ story for Australian farmers Future $ from the trees you want now Creating a ‘movement’
  15. 15. The Australian Master TreeGrower 101 Programs Since 1996
  16. 16. >2000 Participants
  17. 17. The ‘Master TreeGrower’ idea Engage with a group of local farmers for 6-8 days (with some NGOs, Service providers, EOs and industry)
  18. 18. Talk about the markets for tree products and services
  19. 19. Teach measurement skills DBH, BA, MAI…..
  20. 20. Tree growth and management
  21. 21. Tree growth and wood quality (Teak) Pith Growth rings Heartwood Sapwood Cambium Bark
  22. 22. Encourage information sharing
  23. 23. Create a desire to learn/engage
  24. 24. Covers 4 levels of learning Human/Community Development Education Problem Solving Technology Skills • Experts • Examples • Experience • Tools • Trees • Techniques • Markets • Measurement • Management
  25. 25. Farmerslearnt a lot from farmers stories I’ve sharing their agroforestry
  26. 26. I’ve sharing what trees mean Farmerslearnt a lot from farmers to them
  27. 27. And….. farmers talk to farmers • Interpretation • Validation • Adaptation • Evaluation • Reject Improve the quality of the conversation
  28. 28. Peer Group Mentoring Coach, then pay, farmers to talk to farmers
  29. 29. We felt we had something different Agroforestry was about the conservation (and trees don’t talk)
  30. 30. Master TreeGrower in Uganda
  31. 31. Kabale – Southwest Uganda
  32. 32. International and local presenters Quality very high Very knowledgeable Inspiring (Kabale MTG participants)
  33. 33. Participant-hosted farm walks Owners were prepared and shared knowledge Mentoring fellow farmers (Kabale MTG participants)
  34. 34. Local industry, nursery and NGO tours Learning and seeing is better Eye opener, many opportunities (Kabale MTG participants)
  35. 35. 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)
  36. 36. MTG Tape Hands on – great, motivating (Kabale MTG participant)
  37. 37. Measured tree height, basal area and vol. Positive, inspiring to grow more & take more care (Kabale MTG participants)
  38. 38. Compared our management methods I learnt how to prune, thin and plant I am going to adjust right away (Kabale MTG participants)
  39. 39. Nurseryman teaching nurseywoman Original, enriching & relevant New skills to teach my community (Kabale MTG participants)
  40. 40. Shared ideas about program management Improve our programmes Long overdue but very valuable My community will benefit (Kabale MTG Professional Participants)
  41. 41. Shared food and stories Treated equally, shared together & we were very happy (Kabale MTG participant)
  42. 42. Was it a success?
  43. 43. Technology was ‘extended’
  44. 44. They liked the hat
  45. 45. The can use the MTG tape
  46. 46. They saw the value in running farm visits
  47. 47. BUT, it was not just a course with gifts It’s was a conversation starter MTG can help me, my community, my country, Africa
  48. 48. They formed the Kabale Agroforestry Network Inaugural steering committee
  49. 49. People are the same (time to bring the two worlds together) Our farms are different but the hat still fits
  50. 50. The MTG is like teaching someone to paint
  51. 51. Their impact on their landscapes Trees don’t change landscapes – People do
  52. 52. Now we go to Niger and Indonesia Photo: Tony Rinaudo/Peter Cunningham
  53. 53. Thank You
  54. 54. www.agroforestry.org.au

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