Livestock Researchers learn Social Research in Timor

By Dr Joanne Millar

Livestock researchers and veterinary workers get to grips with social research in West Timor

Course participants, facilitators and farmers in West Timor.

Course participants, facilitators and farmers in West Timor.

‘Learning by doing’ is the catch cry term often applied to farmer learning- but it also the best way for research and extension staff to learn social research methods so they can improve their work with farmers. An enthusiastic group of 28 livestock researchers and veterinary practitioners from West Timor in Indonesia participated in a four day ‘learning by doing’ training course from 12-15 October 2015 in Kupan.  The course was facilitated by social scientists, Dr Joanne Millar from Charles Sturt University, NSW and Dr Muktasam Abdurrahman from Mataram University, Indonesia.

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Australian Landcare helps fish in Laos

children-planting

Enthusiastically planting trees

Lao Fish Passage project gets boost from links with Landcare

Near the tiny village of Pak Peung nestled on the banks of the mighty Mekong River in Laos, the sound of excited school childen fills the humid tropical air. They are planting trees donated by the Yea Wetland Group in Victoria, Australia. It is World Environment Day 2014 and the children are joined by local government officials, University researchers, fisheries scientists and villagers. Everyone is pitching in, planting 500 trees and grasses to stabilise the banks of the new Fish Passage, a strange looking structure of conical posts set in a concrete channel.

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