Characterization, diagnosis and design: training exercise book uri icon


  • ince its establishment in 1977, ICRAF has been active in supporting agroforestrytraining with a view to developing greater national capacity in agroforestry research anddevelopment. Each year, the Centre organizes a series of short term training courses,both at the introductory and specialist levels, for scientists, field technicians, development specialistsand extension agents. This training takes place at ICRAFâ??s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, as well asin collaborating countries in its mandated agro-ecological regions of the developing world; the humid,sub-humid and semi-arid tropics.One of the main short training events is the international course on â??Agroforestry Researchfor Integrated Land Useâ?�, a 3-week introductory course organized for the benefit of scientists,development and extension specialists and policymakers who are about to embark on agroforestryresearch, development, training or education activities. The main objective of this course is tointroduce participants to the principles, concepts and practice of agroforestry research anddevelopment through the characterization and diagnosis of land use systems and the design ofappropriate agroforestry interventions, adoptable by farmers, and research leading to theirimprovement.At the core of this training course is a 3 to 4 day field exercise during which participantspractice the application of farming household diagnosis and agroforestry intervention design basedupon available land use characterization information at the community level. This exercise hasevolved over the years to incorporate recent advances in agroforestry research and development andthis exercise book has been developed in support of it.A Southeast Asian version has now been developed in order to support the field work in the two-weektraining-of trainers course on â??Agroforestry for improved landuse and livelihood systems in SoutheastAsia

publication date

  • 2000