Virtual trainings accompanied by accredited AF Women Trainers

With the collaboration of FCAM and Fondo Tierra Viva, in May, 2020 IAFN began to provide virtual trainings to women who had mostly participated in past GAGGGA workshops interested in becoming AF Promoters. The virtual training and personalized virtual mentoring is conducted by accredited AF trainers as well as 12 modules of audio files that we are now providing open access to from the links below.

The virtual training sessions currently last up to 2.5 months long and we currently have 26 women from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Bolivia, Paraguay and Ecuador to be the first pilot cohort to become virtually certified in AF promotion.

Use our checklist to see if you qualify for our virtual training certification

+ Participated in past Analog Forestry /Lobby & Advocacy workshops (preferred but not required)

+ Have access to your own land that is managed by family/an organization/your community

+ Can evidence and demonstrate leadership skills to share knowledge with your community

+ Have support from a local organization or advocacy group

+ Access to internet connection (Whatsapp and computer)

+ Have implemented some type of demonstration site post-workshop (preferred but not required)

+ Have co-facilitated a training after attending a workshop

Current cost of the course is 500 USD. If you are interested to take the course,or need more detailes about it, please contact the IAFN team Coordinator Lubi Bogantes: at media.iafn@gmail.com

Our current Promotoras receive an audio once a week, connect with trainer after listening to audio same week, review audio lessons, comply with ‘course load”, share photos & videos of their plots/gardens via whatsapp.

Trainings are led by AF accredited trainers Carolina Sorzano-Colombia Adriana Pal-Costa Rica, Tatiana Espinosa- Peru.

Introduction-explains the brief history and explanation of what analog forestry is and welcome note to the Course of AF promotion.

Principles of Analog Forestry-provides an overview of what are 12 AF principles is and how they are applied in the practice.

What is a forest?-Covers forest functions and ecological succession

Physiognomic Formula-Introduces, explains and demonstrates how to use the physiognomic formula in the field.

Ecological Evaluation-Using provided tools and formats for ecological evaluation, assess the ecological conditions between a mature forest and the AF site.

Mapping-Learn to do biophysiscal and land use maps of your farm or AF plot.

Database – Learn how to create a database of species based on your AF specific objective and how to use it in designing your AF plot.

Design – This is the guiding document from the first seed to the maturity of the analog forest. A tool that shows the short, medium and long term vision for the parcel.

Improvement-pest and weed management and the amendment of poor soil conditions.

Nursuries/Seed Collection-discusses how to set up community nurseries and seed collection efforts.

Development of AF Implementation Site-discusses preparation, maintenance, and enrichment

Monitoring II-covers continued periodic mapping of AF site.