Nursery training for smallholders: An evaluation of two extension programs in the Philippines

Baynes, J. S. and Gregorio, N. (2008) Nursery training for smallholders: An evaluation of two extension programs in the Philippines. Small-scale Forestry, 7 3-4: 387-401. doi:10.1007/s11842-008-9061-3

Author Baynes, J. S.
Gregorio, N.
Title Nursery training for smallholders: An evaluation of two extension programs in the Philippines
Journal name Small-scale Forestry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-7617
Publication date 2008-09
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11842-008-9061-3
Open Access Status
Volume 7
Issue 3-4
Start page 387
End page 401
Total pages 15
Editor Steve Harrison
Nestor Gregorio
John Herbohn
Place of publication The Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
8201 Forestry
070501 Agroforestry
Abstract High-quality seedlings are a prerequisite for successful forestry and agroforestry expansion in developing countries. Unfortunately, in the central Philippines, as supplies of timber from native forest have diminished in recent years, the expansion in planting of timber trees has been retarded by sub-optimal production of seedlings from small-scale nurseries. To address this problem, an extension program supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has attempted to improve the quality of seedlings produced in home nurseries, by assisting smallholders to raise and out-plant seedlings. A complementary program undertaken as part of the Community Agricultural Technology Program (CATP) has attempted to provide community workers and managers of small-scale nurseries with the benefit of recent ACIAR nursery research. Extended assistance in the ACIAR program addressed smallholders’ low self-efficacy in nursery technology and was successful in assisting them to grow high quality seedlings. A limited program of assistance was relatively unsuccessful. Evaluation of the CATP program showed that prior to the training, CATP participants were unfamiliar with some aspects of basic nursery technology. Consequently, they may have been unable to provide competent advice to smallholders. This implies that—as with the ACIAR training—extended training and follow-up assistance may be the key to improving the quality of seedlings for forestry and agroforestry expansion in the central Philippines.
Keyword Mahogany
Hypsipyla robusta
Root-trainer pots
QNT seedling trays
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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