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2nd RNIP Agroforestry Training (Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia)

Last year RNIP conducted two trainings on agroforestry. The first was held in July at the Environmental Information Center, Isabela State University, Cabagan, Isabela, Philippines immediately following the 2nd RNIP annual workshop and intervision meeting (featured in previous e-bulletin). This training on agroforestry was replicated in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia from 03–07 November 2006 for Bahasa-speaking partners from Indonesia and Malaysia. 

The training in Sarawak was attended by 36 participants: 22 trainees (8 from Indonesia, 14 from Malaysia), and 14 resource persons (5 from Indonesia, 5 from Malaysia, 2 from the Netherlands, and 2 from the Philippines). The Borneo Resource Institute Malaysia (BRIMAS), an NGO based in Miri, co-organized the training with RNIP.  Resource persons from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands and the Philippines provided expert inputs during the training.

The training had the following objectives:
(1) To disseminate concepts, ideas and approaches in agroforestry,
(2) To learn about agro forestry relevant issues in participants’ country and work domain,
(3) Participants’ presentation on real life field situations and integration of relevant topics suggested by participants,
(4) Learn by-doing through on-site training exercises and field excursion. 

The training lecture presentations were followed up and enriched by the conduct of six exercises involving all participants; namely:
(1) Identification of agroforestry systems / Plant and animal management
(2) Agroforestry systems and production functions,
(3) Agroforestry systems and environmental services,
(4) Agroforestry systems and adoption techniques,
(5) Agroforestry systems and financial management, and
(6) Agroforestry and marketing.

During the training, the participants visited a model aqua-agroforestry farm (in a village called Suai, within Bintulu, Sarawak, a two-hour drive going south of Miri owned by Tuai Rumah Timboo and Iban community in Rumah Sungai Sebatu, Batu Niah whose members were performing a ritual ceremony for better harvest and favorable farm conditions during the visit.

More than 80 per cent of the participants thought that the preparations for the training were satisfactory. In regard to the content of the training, an overwhelming 90% of the participants found it satisfactory or very good. The participants rated highly the coordination of the training by RNIP and BRIMAS with nearly 90% either satisfied or said it was very good.


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