Field Officer induction training and field exercises

In February and March 2019, the IndoBeef Field Officers completed induction training and team building activities, and also conducted initial field visits to learn about the farm management systems they will be involved in researching, collecting data on and helping to scale out as part of their important contribution to the CropCow and PalmCow projects.

CropCow induction training

In early February, CropCow’s NTB-based Field Officers (Moh. Adis M.P. Saramba; Fitriyani Susanti; Juaeratul Uyun; Muhammad Fauzan; Muhamad Sukri; and Baiq Ria Askina) completed induction training with their Indonesian supervisory team, led by Dr Tanda Panjaitan from BPTP NTB.

Their induction activities included:

  • Understanding the background, objectives and research approach of the CropCow project.

  • Gaining an initial appreciation for the integrated Village Management System (IVMS; a key approach that will be tested for scaling out over the course of the project) as well as livestock fattening approaches using forage tree legumes (FTL).

  • Providing the knowledge necessary for each Field Officer to map their own district following the induction activities.

  • Conducting initial field visits with their supervisory team to see relevant IVMS and FTL cattle fattening systems in operation.

At this meeting, a consensus was reached on which Field Officer would be responsible for each of the NTB-based CropCow research sites. Each Field Officer will be based as follows:

  • Moh. Adis M.P. Saramba: West Sumbawa.

  • Fitriyani Susanti: Dompu.

  • Muhammad Fauzan: Sumbawa.

  • Muhamad Sukri: Central Lombok.

  • Juaeratul Uyun: East Lombok.

  • Baiq Ria Askina: North Lombok.

Immediately following the induction training, Sumbawa-based Field Officers were available in their districts for the scaling team’s scoping visit to that island in mid-February.

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CropCow scaling research training exercise

On 20-21 March, the CropCow scaling out research team, including Dr Nurul Hilmiati, Professor Dahlanuddin, Associate Professor Julian Prior and Dr Romana Roschinsky provided training to the NTB-based CropCow Field Officers in scaling research.

Scaling research forms a significant component of CropCow activities and objectives, and this session provided an opportunity to introduce the Field Officers to relevant concepts. These included: research methodology (for example, Participatory Action Research); developing detailed work plans for situation analysis; principles of facilitation and communication in a R4D project; and contributing to project communications activity.

On the second day of training, the Field Officers were given the opportunity to put their learning into practice with a situation analysis exercise completed with a farmer group in Central Lombok. The exercises included hamlet mapping, transect walks, identification of farming enterprises, matrix ranking of farming enterprises on the basis of needs, expenditure and profitability, and collecting qualitative and quantitative data from the farmer group.

This training event also provided an opportunity for the Field Officers to be briefed on their roles and responsibilities, and to receive additional training in the gender aspects of R4D projects, forage and forage production, and data management.

On 20-21 March, the CropCow scaling out research team, including Dr Nurul Hilmiati, Professor Dahlanuddin, Associate Professor Julian Prior and Dr Romana Roschinsky provided training to the NTB-based CropCow Field Officers in scaling research.

Scaling research forms a significant component of CropCow activities and objectives, and this session provided an opportunity to introduce the Field Officers to relevant concepts. These included: research methodology (for example, Participatory Action Research); developing detailed work plans for situation analysis; principles of facilitation and communication in a R4D project; and contributing to project communications activity.

On the second day of training, the Field Officers were given the opportunity to put their learning into practice with a situation analysis exercise completed with a farmer group in Central Lombok. The exercises included hamlet mapping, transect walks, identification of farming enterprises, matrix ranking of farming enterprises on the basis of needs, expenditure and profitability, and collecting qualitative and quantitative data from the farmer group.

This training event also provided an opportunity for the Field Officers to be briefed on their roles and responsibilities, and to receive additional training in the gender aspects of R4D projects, forage and forage production, and data management.

Situation analysis training exercise, march 2019.  Photo: Nurul Hilmiati.

Situation analysis training exercise, march 2019. Photo: Nurul Hilmiati.