Sustainable Livelihoods

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Blue Forests uses a pair of programs – Coastal Field School and Coastal Business School, to develop sustainable livelihoods.  Coastal Field Schools are based on the Farmer Field School philosophy (see: communityipm.org) geared towards developing critical thinking skills around current livelihoods practices.  To date, 12 types of Coastal Field Schools have been run around the improved management of specific coastal commodities:

  1. Fish Farmer Field School
  2. Salt Water Tolerant Rice
  3. Biointensive Vegetables
  4. Carageenan seaweed
  5. Coastal bamboo
  6. Improved charcoal making
  7. Mangrove silvaculture
  8. Mangrove rehabilitation
  9. Mangrove non-timber forest products
  10. Mudcrab fattening
  11. Coastal compost production
  12. Sorghum

Coastal Business Schools are a new program at Blue Forests; where select Coastal Field School Alumni develop their business and entrepreneurship skills through a series of activities including; Market Analysis, Quality Assurance, Business Plan Development, Product Development, Packaging, Marketing, Book-keeping and Accessing External Support.

Blue Forests works with Charles Darwin University to monitor and evaluate the impact of its livelihoods program, using Sustainable Livelihood Framework, Well-being Matrix and the  Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI).

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