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Agroforestry & Extension Systems

For information about the research conducted by the Agroforestry and Extension Systems group, please contact Dr Ian Nuberg.

Agroforestry and Community Forestry

Agroforestry broadly studies how woody-perennial species in agricultural and pastoral systems can be managed to enhance their productivity and the ecosystem services they provide. Community forestry concerns community-based management of forests and our research in it includes its silvicultural, social and institutional aspects. Our group’s research focus is in developing countries, mostly funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

Example projects are:

EnLiFT project, or “Enhancing livelihoods and food security from agroforestry and community forestry in Nepal”. This interdisciplinary project integrates various streams of research activity: agroforestry interventions for high-value markets; bioeconomic modelling of the farm-forest interface; participatory silvicultural interventions and training; inclusive community forest planning; market-oriented community forest interventions; research-policy interface; and Bayesian analysis of causes of under-utilised land.

Farm-forest interface. Fodder from the community forest is taken into the farm and converted to manure for crops. Photo: Conor Ashleigh © Project partner, Dr Bishnu Hari Pandit, Nepal Agroforestry Foundation, and Radha harvesting improved fodder from on-farm hedgerow. Photo: Conor Ashleigh ©

Farm-forest interface. Fodder from the community forest is taken into the farm and converted to manure for crops. Photo: Conor Ashleigh ©

Project partner, Dr Bishnu Hari Pandit, Nepal Agroforestry Foundation, and Radha harvesting improved fodder from on-farm hedgerow. Photo: Conor Ashleigh ©

Promoting diverse fuelwood production systems in Papua New Guinea” . This project undertook: a comprehensive survey of domestic and commercial fuelwood supply and demand; evaluation of short-rotation coppicing (SRC) tree species for fuelwood and charcoal production; and facilitated the establishment of charcoal producer-vendor business groups.

Farm-forest interface. Fodder from the community forest is taken into the farm and converted to manure for crops. Photo: Conor Ashleigh © Project partner, Dr Bishnu Hari Pandit, Nepal Agroforestry Foundation, and Radha harvesting improved fodder from on-farm hedgerow. Photo: Conor Ashleigh ©

Harvesting a SRC fuelwood trial near Mt Hagen. Photo: Ian Nuberg ©

Roadside fuelwood market near Port Moresby. Photo: Ian Nuberg ©

Researchers: Dr Ian Nuberg, Dr Edwin Cedamon
Postgraduate researchers: Manoj Badu, Lila Puri,
Collaborators: Dr Krishna K Shrestha, A/Prof Bertram Ostendorf, Prof Wayne Meyer


Extension Systems

Social aspects of land use

Agricultural systems research often requires understanding of associated social and institutional systems. This knowledge is required for either, developing new technology and facilitating its adoption, or for recommending policy for industry management. Currently we are working on understanding adoption and participatory extension better in Africa and the Middle East.

Farm-forest interface. Fodder from the community forest is taken into the farm and converted to manure for crops. Photo: Conor Ashleigh © Chris McDonough with Eritrean Agricultural College staff and students exploring soil monitoring techniques. Photo: Rural Solutions SA

Brendan Brown standing in ‘Conservation Agriculture’ plot with a lead farmer after an interview in Mitundu, Malawi. Photo: Brendan Brown ©

Chris McDonough with Eritrean Agricultural College staff and students exploring soil monitoring techniques. Photo: Rural Solutions SA ©

Researchers: Dr Ian Nuberg
Postgraduate researchers: Brendan Brown, Penjani Kamanga, Chris McDonough
Collaborators: Dr Rick Llewellyn, Dr Geoff Kuehne, Prof Wayne Pitchford

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