AFoCO prioritizes local livelihood development and community-based small enterprise development.
At the AFoCO RETC, livelihood development training courses are organized regularly to train local people to make bamboo handicrafts, furniture, and other products to provide alternative income sources to sustain their livelihoods. In the long run, these community courses will help secure sustainable livelihoods, support the development of community forest enterprises and reduce pressures on forest resources. Our week-long training courses are held at the AFoCO RETC in Hmawbi Township, Yangon, Myanmar.
Trainings typically begin with an introduction to the relationship between forests and climate change and a lecture on livelihood products. Demonstrations and practice sessions constitute the bulk of the training program.