Trainers Network

IAFN works with a group of trainers from around the world to facilitate local trainings as part of our capacity building program. If you are interested in organizing a capacity building event with one of the trainers listed below, please send your inquiry to

Miguel AngelMiguel Angel Crespo BoliviaSpanish (fluent), English (basic) Miguel Angel studied business administration, followed later by microbiology. This specialization has allowed him to work in biological pest control using microorganisms, most of which are found in Bolivia’s tropical forests, especially in protected areas.

Currently Miguel Angel is Director of PROBIOMA, where he is in charge of the reproduction of microorganisms used for biological control. Since 1998 these microorganisms have been used on more than 400,000 hectares and over 60 crops. The use of microorganisms has confirmed for him the value of forests, which has motivated him to work with analog forestry.
Biological pest control in tropical ecosystems and nurseries.
AdhemarAndrés Adhemar García BoliviaSpanish (fluent)
Eric Suika Fonba CameroonEnglish (fluent) Eric started development work in 1998 with the Centre for promotion of Conservation agriculture (CEPROCA) in Cameroon where he gained valuable skills facilitating change in rural communities. His interest later widened to environmental protection when he became a friend of Limbe Botanic Garden (LBG) in Cameroon. As friend of LBG he gained knowledge on the domestication and conservation of non wood forest products.

He has been putting into practice this knowledge in part of his 14 ha land in his native home village of Ngomrin in North West Cameroon. His aspiration is to convert this land into an ecotourism and learning site where local people can learn hands on how to practice analog forestry. After attending a series of training courses on analog forestry in Cameroon he was later trained as an accredited Analog Forestry trainer in Sri Lanka in 2014.
Plant domestication, seed collection, nursery management, watershed management, community mobilization.
gabriel-sqYoundjie Koleoko Gabriel CameroonEnglish (fluent)
French (fluent)
Youndjie Koleoko Gabriel has been working with the NGO CENDEP as the Director (Delegate) and has promoted analog forestry since 2007. His activities have included the rehabilitation of mountainous degraded forest of the North West Province of Cameroon, protection of water catchments using the technique of analog forestry, sensitization and training the local (mostly rural) population on conservation agriculture using the technique of analog forestry, as well as on the use of non-timber forest products in the Congo basin. He has been an analog forestry trainer since 2008.Non-timber forest products, Beekeeping, Nursery management, Composting, Protection of water catchments, Processing of forest products
Perry Ndzefemmegho CameroonEnglish (fluent), French (intermediate) Perry started working with AF related projects in 2007 when the organization he works for, Centre for Nursery Development and Eru Propagation (CENDEP) implemented a pilot AF project in the montane forest patches of Northwestern Cameroon with an income generating component that involved the development of the honey sector.

He is interested in plot based ecological surveys, non-timber forest products value chain development (honey & Gnetum spp.,) as well as relating forest carbon to AF projects.

He has sensitized and delivered AF trainings to NGOs in 4 African countries (Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi & Ghana) as well as delivered trainings on Gnetum spp domestication to countries of the Congo Basin (Gabon, CAR, Congo-Brazzaville).
AF design,
Watershed management,
Tropical ecosystems (forests), Climate Change, NTFPs & value chain development
Michael Lyonga Ngoh CameroonEnglish (fluent), French (basic), Pidgin English (fluent) Ngoh is a Biodiversity professional with a focus on flora diversity, although he has an interest in related taxa such as birds and insects, as well as aspects of ecology (e.g. plant-animal interactions such as pollination ecology). He works for Tropical Plant Exploration Group (TroPEG) - Cameroon, which is a local Cameroonian NGO.

His activity as an AF promoter has been to research and gather vital information on species suitable for Analogue Forestry Systems in Cameroon, Central and West Africa. His has been instrumental in contributing to the Cameroon Analogue Forestry Network (CAFON) data base. He has a passion for creative designing and improving livelihoods, especially using AF techniques.
Biodiversity High Conservation Value (HCV) Assessment;
Ecosystem Restoration;
Field Botanist (Taxonomist);
Analogue Forestry Design;
Statistical Data Analysis
Roland Ndah Njoh CameroonEnglish (fluent), French (intermediate) Roland Ndah is a forest ecologist and is working as a forest researcher in Forests, Resources and people (FOREP). He has been involved in several field projects involving seed collection, plant identification, forest restoration, ecosystem evaluation, nursery management.

Roland Ndah has published several papers on plants and their uses in forest communities. He has equally worked on soil nutrients and soil indicators.
Tropical ecosystems, soil properties, plant population dynamics, uses of plants (NTFPs)
eric-fWirsiy Eric FondzenyuyCameroonEnglish (fluent), French (basic), Lamnso (fluent) Eric has worked for the NGO CENDEP in Cameroon since 2000, where he and his team have been promoting AF as a tool to restore degraded watersheds in the North West Region of Cameroon. He has facilitated as well as participated in the training of community groups in the practice of AF.

Eric has experience in agricultural extension, domestication of wild plant species as well as developing value chains for forest and agricultural products.
Seed collection, storage and distribution;
plant domestication; water management;
sustainable agriculture
Jean Arnold CanadaEnglish (fluent)
Spanish (basic)
Jean lives and works in rural New Brunswick, Canada, and is currently President of The Tree Project, an NGO dedicated to Biodiversity Restoration and Community Development. She is also an IFOAM accredited organic inspector.

Jean has extensive experience in organic agriculture, biodiversity restoration and community development, and has been involved in the development of various AF sites in Canada, Honduras, Cuba, Mexico and Costa Rica.
Organic agriculture, biodiversity restoration, community development
VictorVictor Mena ColombiaSpanish (fluent) Victor is an Agroforestry Engineer with a Master's degree in Tropical Agroforestry. He has been a professor and researcher for the Agroforestry Engineering Program at the Technological University of Chocó, Colombia for 15 years and is the leader of the Agroforestry Research Group of the Chocó Humid Tropic (AGROTROPICO).

As a professor, he has trained more than 300 students in Analog Forestry, as a researcher, he has participated in development projects among others in the implementation of Agroforestry Systems (SAF) and quantification of carbon fixation and storage in forests. He is currently formulating a project for the implementation of 100 hectares of analog forests as a strategy for the recovery of areas degraded by mining and for biodiversity conservation.
Agroforestry and ecosystem services
Carlos FelipeCarlos Felipe Arango ColombiaSpanish (fluent)
Carolina Sorzano LopezColombiaSpanish (fluent)
Natalia Picado PalmaCosta RicaSpanish (fluent)
English (intermediate)
Milo Bekins Faires Costa Rica English (fluent)
Spanish (fluent)
Milo has been a forest farmer for many years in Costa Rica working his AF family farm. The farm, Finca Fila Marucha, produces spices, medicinal plants, fruits, food and essential oils, as well as protecting biodiversity and producing carbon biomass. The farm also serves as an AF demonstration and training site.

Milo served as chairperson of the IAFN from 2005-2014, and has given training workshops in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Peru, the Philippines, Cuba, Spain, Cameroon, Canada and Australia.
Essential oil production, AF spice production, composting, nursery management.
IMG_2012Geovanny Quirós Costa Rica SpanishGeovanny Quirós Herrera is a Costa Rican Forest Engineer involved in conservation efforts since 198, researching forest species of the native rainforest, ecosystem restoration and landscaping. He practices organic agriculture for subsistence on his family farm and is currently involved in organizational processes with small and medium farmers in Costa Rica and active in various local, regional and national organizations. Interested in the conservation of biodiversity, he promotes natural regeneration and nursery production of key species for this noble purpose.
Oscar Fonseca Costa Rica Spanish (fluent) Oscar is an accomplished analog forestry trainer with seven years' experience in the field. He was the Costa Rican coordinator for a demonstration site project at CATIE from 2008 to 2010. Since then, he has trained practitioners throughout Latin America. He currently works with the Costa Rican Environment Ministry.Biological corridors, demonstration sites, design, ecological evaluation
Foto Guido (2)Guido Barrientos Matamoros Costa Rica Spanish (fluent) Guido Barrientos is a biologist, and has training in organic agriculture and biointensive food production methods. He is a trainer in both Permaculture and Analog Forestry, which he sees as complementary to each other. He combines his technical knowledge with his practical training in popular education which helps him in the planning, design and execution of capacity-building activities.

He has developed designs for various sites combining Permaculture with Analog Forestry, and has conducted several courses and workshops on topics related to the regeneration of life support systems in urban and rural settings.
Compost and regeneration of soil fertility, urban gardens, on-site water management, biological wastewater treatment, rainwater harvesting, construction using plastic bottles, local development and sustainability
Gabriel1José Gabriel Villalta Calvo Costa Rica Spanish (fluent), English (intermediate)José Gabriel is a forestry engineer, having graduated in forest management and restoration, with more than 3 years of NGO experience. He is a forestry official, and supervises more than 70 forestry projects in reforestation, agroforestry systems, forest management and ecosystem protection and conservation. He has experience giving workshops in rural areas, including Huanuco, Peru and Sarapiquí, Costa Rica.Payments for environmental services, GIS, development of maps and designs, land use and soil conservation, workshops in rural areas, measurement of biomass and carbon in secondary forests
IMG_1082Emel Rodríguez Paniagua Costa Rica SpanishEmel Rodríguez Paniagua is a Forest Engineer with a degree in Natural Resources Management and Conservation. His home in Costa Rica is Hojancha, Guanacaste , where he works as Regional Director of the Tempisque Conservation Area (ACT), SINAC - Ministry of Environment. He has coordinated many initiatives such as the Biological Corridors program of the Tempisque Conservation Area, research and forestry extension programs in the Chorotega region (CATIE -MINAE), as well as taught courses on environmental management and sustainable development. Emel has participated in various professional training courses on biological corridors, agroforestry, national parks, tree nurseries, forest seeds, forest industry, marine coastal areas, environmental impact legislation as well as courses on restoration of riverbanks and fresh water streams.
JP2José Pablo Fernández Quirós Costa Rica Spanish (fluent), English (fluent), French (basic) José Pablo has ten years of experience as a nature tourism guide, offering his services as an interpreter of nature in tropical forests and mangroves, and as a facilitator of environmental education and awareness-raising activities for young people in rural Costa Rican communities.

Since 2009 he also works as a designer of ecological landscapes and permaculture systems, and as a permaculture instructor. . He currently offers talks and workshops through the Costa Rican permaculture network (Red Permanezca). He was responsible for sustainability, environmental education and management of volunteer programs at La Flor Agroecological Farm for two years.
Design of sustainable urban and rural projects, design and implementation of edible gardens, edible forests and gardens to provide habitat for wild fauna, communicator, educator and facilitator of social dynamics.
Adriana PalCosta RicaSpanish (fluent), English (fluent), She is the the founder of Escuela de la Jungla – Permacultura, a non profit project that focuses on empowering and educating rural communities in Costa Rica. Adriana studied Business Administration and has worked in the eco tourism industry for many years.
After falling in love with permaculture in 2012, she started her studies in analog forestry, agroecology and natural medicine. She has designed and taught permaculture programs for both children and adults and currently works as a permaculture consultant in several farms of the southern Nicoya Peninsula, focusing mainly on designing edible, medicinal and productive gardens, soil regeneration and water protection.

On a personal note, since a very young age she´s had a particular passion about trees. She enjoys drawing, photographing or simply admiring them in awe.
Design of edible, medicinal and useful gardens.
Medicinal plants
Community Management
Orlidia Hechavarria Kindelán Cuba Spanish (fluent)
English (intermediate)
French (intermediate)
Dr. Orlidia Hechavarría is a Professor at the
Instituto de Investigaciones Agro-Forestales (Institute of Agroforestry Research) in Cuba, and has been involved in restoration through AF since 2005.

She has been involved in AF projects in Cuba, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Canada. These projects have included workshops, database creation, farm designs, mapping, maintenance plans, water management designs and the production of publications. In 2013 Dr. Hechavarría was awarded a prize by the Cuban Minsitry of Agriculture for her presentation of the results of one of the restoration projects in Cuba.
Species selection, AF design, nursery management, urban and suburban agriculture
Wilmer Toirac Arguelle CubaSpanish (fluent) Wilmer Toriac works at the Instituto de Investigaciones Agro-Forestales (Institute of Agroforestry Research) in Cuba, and has been working with AF since 2007.

He has been involved in ecological restoration projects using AF at four sites in Cuba, and has given workshops on AF mapping, planning, ecological evaluation, database creation, AF as a tool for restoration, reforestation and food sovereignty, as well as on the economic potential and commercialization of AF products.
Nursery management, seed collection and processing, soil management, family gardens and subsistence farming, compost, vermicompost, agroforestry ecosystems
IMG_3607Mamerto Valerio Dominican Republic Spanish (fluent)
SalvadorSalvador Escarramán Dominican Republic Spanish (fluent)
NinaNina Duarte Silveira EcuadorPortuguese (fluent), Spanish (fluent), English (intermediate) Nina is a forestry engineer specialized in tropical agroforestry. She lives and works in the Ecuadorian Chocó bioregion, where she develops practical ecological restoration and agroecology projects. Together with other members of the Fundación Imaymana she is promoting analog forestry in the Northwest of the Pichincha region. Ecological restoration, organic production, agroforestry design, management of soils and organic matter.
AngelAngel Suco EcuadorSpanish (fluent)
OliverOliver Torres EcuadorSpanish (fluent)
AlejandroAlejandro Solano EcuadorSpanish (fluent)
IMG_2230 - copiaZuú Salinas MexicoSpanish (fluent)
RocioRocío Romero Lima MexicoSpanish (fluent), English (basic) Rocío is an Agricultural Engineer, specialized in Agricultural Industries, with a Masters in Edaphology and a Diploma in Tropical Agroecology. She is a University Professor and Researcher as well as trainer in organic agriculture, compost and Analog Forestry. She was involved in the creation and coordination of a Degree in Agroecological Engineering and the Center for Organic Agriculture Research at the Universidad Autónoma Chapingo in Mexico. She has been Technical Secretary for the Chapingo University Environmental Program. She has coordinated the Mexican chapter of the Latin American Agroecological Movement (Movimiento Agroecológicao de América Latina y el Caribe – MAELA). Biointensive vegetable production, compost production and evaluation, soil analysis and compost, design and analsis of diversified organic gardens in agroforestry systems, environmental education, family nutrition.
TatianaTatiana Espinosa Q. PeruSpanish (fluent), English (intermediate) Tatiana lives and works in the Amazonian region of Madre de Dios and is President of the association ARBIO Perú, dedicated to promoting productive conservation and the valuing of Amazonian biodiversity. She has extensive experience in forest management in the Peruvian Amazon and in processes of social adaptation to climate change. ARBIO is developing a pilot AF site in Madre de Dios to demonstrate and disseminate the methodology. Management and conservation of tropical forests, biodiversity restoration, climate change adaptation, urban arboriculture, wild fauna monitoring, forest censuses.
JeffreyJeffrey Glogiewicz Puerto Rico Spanish (fluent), English (fluent), Portuguese (basic) Jeffrey is trained as a forestry engineer and worked for a long time in urban forestry and the establishment of thematic wooded areas for a botanic garden. He gives AF capacity-building workshops for farmers and school students, and implements AF practices on his farm, Pinar del Viento. He is passionate about the holistic (nutritional, cultural and spiritual) interpretation of forests. Forest management in tropical ecosystems, forest management for the protection of watersheds, ethno-forestry.
Julio Cantos SpainSpanish (fluent) Julio is an Analog Forestry trainer and Permaculture designer. Trained as an agricultural technician, he works in the design of agroforestry farms and in environmental literacy programs.

He lives on the island of Mallorca and works throughout peninsular Spain.
Edible and conservation landscaping, phytogeography.
Jaume Tugores Bonnin Spain Catalán (fluent)
Spanish (fluent)
English (intermediate)
German (intermediate)
French (basic)
An accomplished gardener and permaculturalist, Jaume was introduced to analog forestry in a workshop in Palma de Mallorca in 2011. He has worked with the Analog Forestry Mediterranean group since then, and has been implementing analog forestry on his own land. Apiculture, vermicompost, green cover, vertical gardens, native flora, permaculture, dryland gardening, garden design and installation
Sugath Ekanayaka Sri Lanka Sinhala (fluent), English (intermediate) Sugath has been a Field Officer at RRI for 8 years, working in organic agriculture and home garden development projects. He has conducted trainings on a variety of topics, including AF and organic agriculture, and has significant experience working with small-holder tea producers using the Forest Garden Product (FGP) certification scheme.

Sugath has 15 years of organic farming experience, and in addition to his skills teaching and implementing the AF methodology, he has also worked in nursery development and in initiating market opportunities for organic and AF products.
AF Design, Nursery management, Organic agriculture, Biodiversity restoration, community extension, Mapping, Composting, Landscaping, FGP Tea garden design, Marketing organic products.
Trudy Juriansz Sri Lanka English (fluent) Trudy was introduced to Analog Forestry in 2012 and has since been deeply immersed in AF management and methodology. She is one of the co-managers of the Belipola Sustainability Education Center in Sri Lanka, the first Analog Forestry research and demonstration site in the world. At Belipola she plays a key role in guiding the ecological farm and coordinating learning programs.

Her professional experiences range from running organizations, designing programs for experiential education, managing a small business, working with diverse communities and teaching. Trudy’s skills include facilitation, coordination, networking, organic farming and designing ecological landscapes. She is a sustainability educator, an accredited Analog Forestry trainer, a trained and practicing permaculturalist, and a student of herbal healing. Trudy’s reverence for the forest and all its beings, stem from deep ecology and the essence of community.
Ecological design, organic agriculture, composting & soil management, AF methodologies & management, tropical ecosystems, deep ecology, permaculture, sustainability education, community engagement, participatory processes
Fazly Mohamed Sri Lanka English (fluent), Tamil (fluent), Sinhalese (fluent) Fazly is a project coordinator in Rainforest Rescue International and has been working with AF-related environmental restoration projects for past 9 years. With a background in Agronomy, he works closely with farming communities in designing their lands to suit AF based sustainable production units.

He has experience in training and working with many different ethnic communities on mangrove restoration, AF tea cultivation, AF based home gardening and agriculture marketing.
Organic farming, organic pest control methods, mangrove restoration, mapping and designing, AF based agriculture land development, seed saving, community mobilization, agriculture marketing, AF tea cultivation
Dharmasekara Rathnayake Sri Lanka Sinhala (fluent), Tamil (intermediate), English (basic) Dharme has 13 years of experience in practicing analog forestry models. He has worked with 3 different NGO's practicing analog forestry and currently works with Rainforest Rescue International. His specialized areas include organic farming, AF based home garden model development, designing watershed restoration plans, and training others on the above subjects. Organic farming, watershed designing, plant data base development, farmer land designing, AF product marketing
Ranil Senanayake Sri Lanka English (fluent) Dr. Ranil Senanayake has a PhD in systems ecology from the University of California Davis, and is one of the key founders of Analog Forestry. He has many years of experience in implementing, developing and teaching analog forestry around the world. Dr. Senanayae has designed dozens of AF sites currently under implementation, and has promoted the concept through workshops and other activities throughout Asia and Latin America.

Dr. Senanayake is based in Sri Lanka and works with the NGO Rainforest Rescue and the Belipola Sustainability Education Centre.
Systems ecology, AF design, species identification, AF tea cultivation, AF and climate change.
Piyal Wijerathna Sri Lanka English (Fluent), Sinhala (Fluent) Piyal has worked at Belipola Sustainability Education Centre and Rainforest Rescue International in Sri Lanka for over 10 years, and has been involved in a huge number of restoration projects using Analog Forestry as a field technician, trainer, certifier, manager, and forester. Forest garden product certification, Carbon certification, nursery management, Species selection, AF design, biodiversity restoration, community development, watershed management, environmental education, subsistence farming, compost.
Sion Zivetz Sri Lanka English (Fluent) Sion is a big picture systems thinker. He has the capacity to bring observations about flows and relationships within systems into a deeper understanding of how individual parts compliment the whole.

Sion enjoys the challenge of working with plants, especially sweet and sour fruits. But more so, he enjoys sharing ideas with others and seeing how with the right tools and effort, good design can solve any challenge. At the heart of it, he is an educator and works to recognize and support the skills and interests of others as we collectively move towards bringing this planet back into its abundance.

Sion was educated in Permaculture before finding Analog Forestry and he seeks to create synergies and synthesis from both design paradigms. He has also earned two degrees in Sustainability and Sustainability Education from Portland State University. He was the co-manager of Belipola Sustainability Education Center in Sri Lanka for 3 years.
Jules Adjima TogoFrench (fluent)
English (intermediate)
Jules works in Togo with the NGO Les Compagnons Ruraux, and has been working with AF since 2007. His activities have included rehabilitation of forest reserves,
rehabilitation of riverbank forest corridors,
production and popularization of endangered species, and agroforestry and land use projects.

He has given AF trainings in Togo to various groups, including nature conservation association leaders and women’s groups.
Participatory forest management, mountain ecosystems,
nursery management,
water management, environmental education
Grover Stock USAEnglish (fluent) Grover, in addition to being an IAFN accredited AF trainer, is also a Permaculture Design Course facilitator, and manages his own biodynamic farm.

Grover lives in the Napa Valley in California, and has given AF workshops in North America, Europe and Africa.
Permaculture, biodynamic farming, soil management, composting