Forest Economics and Extension Department is one of the five research departments in the Institute. It has the following mandates: to carryout socio-economic analysis of research activities in the institute.
- to collaborate with other department in the institute on socio-economic aspects of forestry research efforts.
- to collaborate with individuals and organizations (private and public) on behalf of the institute in the socio-economic analyses of forestry related products.
- to disseminate research results to end users through on-farm demonstrations, publications, exhibitions and agricultural shows, workshops and seminars, diagnostic surveys, monthly technology review meetings and training workshops on new technologies.
The department has six (6) sections for the effective coverage of its mandates. These are:
- The Economics section
- The Extension section
- The Farming systems Research section
- The Sociology section
- The Publication section
- The Graphic and Photographic section
The first four sections are research oriented while the last two are supporting sections.
FOREST ECONOMICS SECTION
- To carry out the socio-economic analysis of research activities in the Institute.
- Collaborates with other departments in the Institute as well as individuals and organizations (private or public) in the socio-economic analysis of forest related projects.
- Environmental impact assessment (E.I.A.) of research findings.
- To participate in Monthly Technology Review Meetings (MTRMs) in collaboration with researchers from other departments of the Institute.
- Collaborate with subject-matter specialists in other research departments in organizing workshops.
- To participate in Research – Extension – Farmers Input Linkage System (REFILLS) meetings.
- To create public awareness of the Institute’s activities through the print and electronic media.
- To collaborate with relevant NGO’s to enhance the dissemination of FRIN’s research activities and results.
- To collaborate with other research department of the Institute to enhance extension activities.
FARMING SYSTEM RESEARCH SECTION
- It involves working in collaboration with other Silviculture Section of the Sustainable Forest Management Department to achieve the following objectives.
- To identify utilizable research results.
- To test such results on the field (farm) in the appropriate ecological zones.
- To evaluate the results of the test.
- Pass the results of the evaluation on to the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) for adoption.
- To collaborate with ADPs at zonal and National levels to promote On-Farm Adoptive Research (OFAR) activities.
- To carry out diagnostic surveys in order to determine technological “gaps” on the needs of potential users of research findings and taking appropriate measures to bridge such gaps.
- Interacting with people (both urban and rural dwellers) on matter affecting forestry and its developments.
- Conducting research in socio-economic matters on forestry and forestry related activities among the forestry practitioners and the public.
- Understanding the culture, tradition, belief and religion of the people and how all these affect the adoption of forestry research findings.
- Seeking to understand the state of knowledge of forestry by the general public in order to effectively disseminate research findings to them.
- Emphasizing the importance of rural sociology for promoting sustainable development.
- Its major mandate involves dissemination of FRIN Research Report through printed materials, audio and audio visual system. I.e.
- To publish the periodic report of the Institute which includes Annual Report, Research Reports, Technical Special Reports, Quarterly News Bulletin and Research review Proceedings.
- To liaise with the media house to publicize the Institute.
- To collaborate with the extension unit for the printing of Extension materials such as posters, extension guides, pamphlets, leaflets and flyers.
GRAPHIC AND PHOTOGRAPHIC SECTION
- To record in photographs and capture all FRIN research activities both in the headquarter and outstations
- To also ensure proper storage of all the pictorial and graphical aspects of research work, so that hard and soft copies can be available for research purposes.
- To collaborate with other departments in the Institute in preparing slides on their technologies.
- To train Industrial Training students on new technologies in modern photography.
- RESEARCH ACHIEVEMENTS/BREAKTHROUGHS
- Dissemination of some FRIN technologies to interest groups.
- Organization of some training workshops in conjunction with the departments of Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Conservation and Protection.
- Participation in various MTRMs with the ADPs across the country.
- Organization of Radio and T.V. programmes on some of the Institute’s programmes.
- Participation in REFILS steering committee meetings and annual general meetings.
- Participation in various exhibitions/agricultural shows at Local, State and Federal levels.
- The department also disseminates FRIN technologies through her adopted villages.
- Publication of research papers by the officers in the Section
- Economic Analysis of various research work within the Institute
- Coverage of the Institute’s activities within and outside the Institute.
- Documentation of some research works in picture for future references.
- Storage of some graphic and Photographic data future uses.
- Production of soft and hard copies of pictures for research and other official
Establishment of a centre processing units where all pictures and graphic designs
can be stored.
- Establishment of demonstration farm to showcase research findings of the Institute
ON-GOING RESEARCH PROJECTS
Forest Economics Section
Socio Economic Analyses of the production trade and utilization of Thaumatococcus danielli in South West Nigeria
b) Marketing Efficiency of Garcinia Kolaand Afromomum melegneta in Ibadan Metropolis, Oyo State.
c) Identification, Classification and Utilization of NTFPs in selected markets in Ibadan, Oyo State.
d) Price determination of Garcinia Kola, Afomomum melegnata and Tetracarpidiumi conophorum in Oyo State. This project is on-going, it is at the stage of data collection.
e) Forest dependence in a Subsistence Economy; strategy for poverty Reduction in Onigambari Forest Reserve Area of Oyo State, Nigeria.
2) Farming System Section
a) Socio economics impacts of some selected Non-Timber Forest products (NTFPs) in FRIN Headquarters Environment. The study is completed and the report completed.
b) Community Awareness about Forestry Related Environmental Issues using Mass Media in Oyo and Osun state Nigeria. The research work is on-going, the questionnaires has been drawn and staff are about to go into the field.
c) Effects of Moringa oleifera and Glirida Sepium on soil fertility, growth and yield of maize (Zea mays). This is in collaboration with Agroforestry section of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Department.
It is an on-going project. The land has been cleared for the planting of Moringa oleifera, Gliricidiai Sepiumi and Zea mays.
d) Establishment and Management of Jatropha curcasinterrupted with maize and cassava (on-Farm Adaptive Research).
It is on-going and in collaboration with Agroforestry section of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) department.
3) Rural Sociology Section
a)Household perception about the consumption of grasscutter in Ibadan Metropolis, Oyo State.
b) Availability and variations of selected wood species in some wood markets within Ibadan and Oyo towns
4) Extension Service Section
a) Assessment of community participation in Agroforestry in Oyo State.
b) The contribution of Honey production to poverty Alleviation in South-West, Nigeria.
c) Farmers’ perception about Forestry Extension Activities as a source of information in south-West of Nigeria.
FUTURE RESEARCH PROJECTIONS
The Department hopes to look at the following problems in the nearest future.
- Assessment of community participation in agro-forestry in southwest
- Honey production as a source of livelihood strategy in Nigeria
- An Assessment of Community Awareness on Forestry Related Environmental Issues.
It is being proposed that research collaboration will be extended to the Forest Conservation & Protection and Forest Product Development and Utilization Departments to provide answers to some germane questions which could be of interest to business entrepreneurs/investors. These questions include:
- What minimum capital outlay could establish a modest profitable cane rat farm?
- What are the technical and economic efficiencies of our wood cement board production and any such questions?