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Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources

Welcome to Hawassa University Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources!

School of Forestry - 1. Agroforestry (AF)

 

  1. 1.      Agroforestry (AF)

Mission

 To develop forestry activity in conjunction with agricultural development, by producing competent and skilful graduates.

Vision

To train professionals/graduates who contribute to the country’s development effort in reducing poverty, increasing food and nutritional security, meeting wood & energy demands and improving the environment through the use of introduced and indigenous agroforestry and other tree farming technologies.

Educational Objectives

  • to produce graduates with good understanding of the rural setting, and with the knowledge and skill on maximizing benefits (to the land-holders and the  environment) from integrating trees, crop and animal resources at the farm and watershed levels; and capable of communicating with and transfer agroforestry technologies to communities
  • to carryout research, mainly participatory, and disseminate new technologies in order to improve the  livelihood of  the society and reduce environmental degradation through Agroforestry-based interventions
  • to provide consultancy services and policy advise on issue related to Agroforestry
  • to forge collaboration with relevant research, development and academic  institutions at home and  abroad who are engaged in a similar mission

 

Upon the completion of the BSc program in Agroforestry, the graduate should be able to:

  • Understand the  biology and ecology of plants and animals, and be familiarize with soil and water conservation strategies
  • Characterize agroforestry (AF) systems with respect to their structures, functions,  ecological and socio-economic attributes
  • Analyze the rural setting, livelihood strategies of farmers and assess risks and uncertainties related to AF schemes vis-à-vis alternatives
  • Identify and/or design best AF practices and advise/introduce them to communities to improve livelihood, prevent land degradation and achieve sustainable development
  • Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate AF projects that are participatory
  • Identify trees and shrubs with proven economic and ecologic importance,
  • Quantify available woody-biomass resources on farms and estimate the productivity of different agroforestry systems
  • Assess resources and  devise  strategies for sustainable utilization and development
  • Design and implement AF experiments under the guidance of senior investigators, analyze data and communicate results in writing and orally.
  • Initiate a small-scale Agroforestry related business project and be self-employed
  • Become a self-reliant, team-playing, and innovative professional in Agroforestry