Forest extension symposia and workshops

International workshop on smallholder timber production

Organizers and/or sponsors: FAO, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), University of Agricultural Sciences (BOKU) University, Austrian Ministry of Finance, Department for International Development (DFID), Millennium Development Goal Technical Support Centre
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
Nairobi, Kenya
29 November - 1 December 2004

Trees can be grown either in natural forests, plantations or on farms. Decrease or destruction of natural forests, and concerns about large-scale monoculture plantations sparked increased interest in smallholder timber production throughout the world. In both tropical and temperate regions several issues are common such as organization, timber production and policy reform even though market and grower profiles may differ. Outgrower schemes with contracts between small-scale producers and large timber corporations are being promoted in several tropical countries, yet these under-recognize independent small-scale producers. In several countries this group is the largest supplier of timber products for both national consumption and export.

There is a need to develop a clear understanding of the role of smallholder timber production and how it integrates with national and international timber supplies. This need is both from the perspective of the existing estate as well as future plantings. Such information will benefit national forestry plans, poverty reduction strategy processes and international timber supply and demand projections. In addition, it may identify how forestry can better contribute to the UN Millennium Development Goals.The objectives of the workshop were to:

  • present results from on-farm (off-forest) timber inventories from both field surveys and remote sensing, and relate to supply and demand studies;
  • share recent experiences from outgrower and independent timber production enterprises;
  • understand current timber marketing chains and the role of the private sector;
  • identify tree establishment, management and harvesting opportunities for smallholder timber production;
  • examine social, policy, legal and investment frameworks which affect smallholder timber production;
  • decide on future research and development needs in the sector and identify future collaborative research projects.
For more information on the workshop, including the programme, participants list and presentations, please visit the workshop Web site.


Communication strategies for multiple partner involvement in forestry extension

IUFRO 7th Extension Working Party Symposium S6.06-03
Organizers and/or sponsors: IUFRO, Istituto de Biologia Agroambientale e Forestale (IBAF), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), FAO
Orvieto and Rome, Italy
27 September - 1 October 2004

Extension throughout the world has evolved to include multiple partners and stakeholders in the delivery of technical assistance. Often the end users, such as farmers and forest owners, are participants in both the research endeavour as well as the extension of research results. Communication strategies among all participants in extension are more important than ever. This symposium explored this subject through invited lectures, discussions and deliberations with FAO officials.

The working themes of the symposium were:
  • learning processes and collective action in forestry;
  • balancing public good and private interest in small-scale forestry (biodiversity, ecology, envrionment);
  • information and organizational needs of small forest landowners (non-industrial private owners);
  • experience in the application of techniques, approaches, tools and methods of extension communication; and
  • extension and communication experiences in agroforestry.
More information:
Symposium Web site

Symposium programme<br /><br /> FAO. 2004. Trends in forest extension communication. Unasylva 218 (55): 55.

IUFRO Division 6: Social, Economic and Information and Policy Sciences, IUFRO Unit 6.06.03, Extension
last updated:  Thursday, January 12, 2006