Forestry Education with ANAFE

In June 2009 the African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE) started an initiative to revitalize Forestry Education in Eastern Africa supported by the NFP Facility. In 2011 the NFP Facility supports strengthening the capacity of ANAFE's members from Anglophone and Francophone Africa on collaborative conflict management for enhanced natural resources management education in Africa.

Planned Actions

  • Carry out an education policy review in the four Eastern African countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia);
  • Make an analysis of scenarios to meet the demand for forestry and related expertise;
  • Review and make proposals of an updated forestry curricula; and
  • Organize a regional roundtable meeting on forestry education at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Arusha, Tanzania.
  • Organize, host and provide facilities for delivery of a 5-day training workshop on collaborative conflict management.


1- Education policy review in the 4 target countries. 

After a competitive selection process, the four national consultants were contracted by ANAFE:

  • Prof Seif S. MADOFFE from the Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation of Sokoine University made the review for Tanzania. He also served as the Lead Consultant who compiled the reports from all the four countries.
  • Dr GESSESSE Dessie from Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources conducted the review in Ethiopia.
  • Dr E. KIREGER from Moi University School of Natural Resource Managememt surveyed Kenya
  • Dr KASOLO Wilson from Nyabyeya Forestry College carried out the review in Uganda.

 ANAFE Secretariat initiated and coordinated an electronic discussion on a harmonized methodology to be used by all the consultants for the surveys. A finalized survey methodology was used to carry out the review in each country. The main data collected from various institutions included:

  • Forestry education policy review focusing on: forestry sector organization, size, effectiveness and relationship with other relevant sectors, challenges regarding the institutional settings, National/Sector demand for forestry expertise, forestry education: capacity, education programmes, current state of development and future plans
  • Scenarios to meet the demand for forestry and related expertise
  • Materials for the new forestry curricula  

2 - Analysis of scenarios to meet the demand for forestry and related expertise and proposals of an updated forestry curricula.

These two activities were combined and were carried out by the Lead Consultant Prof Madoffe. Each country consultant has developed a scenario to meet the demand for forestry in his country and had proposed a new forestry curriculum. These scenario and new curricula will be discussed with stakeholders during the Forestry Education roundtable. 

3 - Regional roundtable meeting on forestry education at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania.

The Executive Secretary (ES) of ANAFE visited Sokoine University on 10 – 12 March 2010 to discuss the joint organization of the roundtable by ANAFE and Sokoine University. The ES met with the Dean and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation of SUA and agreed to held the roundtable in Dar Es Salam which took place 26 – 28 May 2010 at the Protea Hotel, Courtyard in Dar es Salaam - Tanzania.

23 participants from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Senegal, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ivory coast

Outcome: “Dar es Salaam Declaration”, 29th May, 2010 , Declaration on Revitalizing Forestry Education in sub-Saharan Africa.

4 - Conflict Management and Resolution in Forestry and Natural Resources Workshop
Training of Trainers.

A training organized by ANAFE and co-sponsored by the FAO and the NFP Facility was held in February 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya to improve the capability of selected educators in application of experiential training methodologies for adult learning, and in negotiation and mediation processes. The training was attended by 24 participants coming from tertiary agricultural and natural resource management institutions including faculty deans, professors and lecturers from both, universities and colleges from 13 Sub-Saharan African countries (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Burundi, Rwanda Sudan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Cameroon).

ANAFE will consider concrete follow-up assignments for participants with the aim of institutionalization of Collaborative conflict management in their existing curricula, and training programmes.

This will lead to a shift towards sustainable forestry and natural resource management since graduating students will be working in policy, research, education and extension areas. The ability to manage and resolve conflicts in a peaceful, participatory and equitable manner allows for more access to and better management of natural resources. Long-term, socio-economic and political factors that constrain local participation in conflict management processes are discussed within the overall framework of appropriate reform of policy, legislation, institutions and other areas of the policy environment. 

Implementing Organization

African Network for Agriculture Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education
Hosted by ICRAF
ICRAF Campus


last updated:  Monday, February 27, 2012