SARE Professional Development Program Annual Report for Micronesia
January 1 - December 31, 2012
Summary of 2012 PDP Activities and Results
Fifty-sevn extension staff and farmers were trained in Sustainable Agricultural Practices for Tropical Small-Scale Agriculture workshops, held in four Micronesia locations. Participants showed at least a three-fold increase in knowledge on the workshop topics, which included soil characteristics, composting methods and root crop cultivation.
Context and Overview
Western SARE PDP continued to support and leverage professional development through training and workshops, sharing of ideas and information that enable Agriculture Extension Agents to further programs in areas including agriculture development, nutrition and environmental education. With a varying degree, all of the five Expected Outcomes of the Strategic Plan for Sustainable Agriculture for the College of Micronesia Existing linkages are being realized, and they are:
- Better coordination of the Western SARE PDP: four training sessions were coordinated with two trainers who travel to four different islands to conduct a two-day training workshop.
- Increase training opportunities: fifty-seven individuals, including agriculture extension agents, nutrition extension agents, extension agents from other agencies, e.g. NRCS, FSM Resources and Development, Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP), administrators and homemakers attended the training workshop.
- Strengthen collaboration with partners and stakeholders: collaboration and linkages were maintained with partnerships, including USDA-NRCS, FSM National Government, Pohnpei State Economic Affairs/Agriculture, US Forest Service Program - the Urban & Community Forestry, CSP, Island Food Community of Pohnpei, and Pohnpei Piggery Advisory Council (PAC). The SARE Coordinator is the current chairman of the PAC.
- Improved knowledge and practices in sustainable agriculture: training and sharing of information. Strategic plan for PAC enables different agencies to work together to improve knowledge and practices. More than 10 extension agents and program staff representing five different agencies are working closely to improve knowledge and practices in sustainable agriculture.
- Better-service to clientele: a year ago the Piggery Advisory Council was reported as being a spin-off of the SAREE PDP-funded compost demonstration activity with partnership of various agencies, including the USDA NRCS, Secretariat of the Pacific Communities (SPC), Agriculture, EPA, NGOs and the Cooperative Extension Service. The PAC has been involved in the acquisition of two 6 inch wood chippers that were donated by the Japan Government, introduction and construction of two drylitter piggery systems. Two such systems are completed, one of which is at the College of Micronesia-FSM in Pohnpei; one under construction, another in planning stages. The PAC also involved in the Chinese funded biogas demonstration system, now 4 of 16 completed.
Current Western SARE-funded PDP State Activities
A two-day training was conducted for Agriculture Extension Agents and other clients in the four islands states in the Federated States of Micronesia.
PDP-funded Publications/Educational Materials and Products
- Three multicolored farming and production guides on taro, sweet potato and composting were developed for growers. These guides have all useful facts for cultivation of taro and sweet potato and composting such as land preparation, planting material preparation, planting material storage, method of planting, time and distance of planting, replanting, fertilizer or compost application, cultivation, weeding, control of diseases and pests, harvesting, and how to make compost, etc.
- Three multicolored handouts on significant of soil organic carbon, managing atoll soils and agroforestry were developed. These handouts have useful facts about soil management and farm management practices.
- Training Report by Dr. Verma and Dr. Muru to be sent separately.