Appendix. Outline for case study information on agroforestry
Information about the community or communities
Pre-cooperative History--forest, pioneer community members, economic activities in community
Establishment of the Community--year founded, Who were first inhabitants?, Why did they stay?
Demographics--location, topography, villages and outlying settlements, population, access to community, livelihoods and occupations, crops and agricultural practices
Forest--forest zones and forest types, pre-coop forest exploitation, pre-coop forest rights, wildlife, How has the forest changed?
Land Tenure--Is the land/forest communal, national, or private? Squatters, land titles
Community Organizations and Resources
Patronatos or committees--structure, members, functions, projects, incomes or funding
Other influencial groups--Parent-Teacher Association, Water Boards, other cooperatives
Municipality--relations with municipality and support towards the community
Other resources and institutions of the community--cooperatives, primary and secondary schools, churches, community centers, health centers, rural credit organizations and banks, stores and markets, water system, electricity, communication, public transportation, industry, any history about institutions
Information on the agroforestry cooperative or group
Antecedents--existing pre-cooperative conditions, important pre-coop events
Founding of the Cooperative--Why was it founded?, What year?
Promotion, training, funding (usually COHDEFOR)
How many founding members?, first Board of Directors
Legal recognition, ID #, initial difficulties, initial production, work system, assignment of areas, early changes
Structure, Functions, and Current Management of the Cooperative
Board of Directors and Board of Trustees (sessions, members, functions, and duties)
Does the coop pay a manager or forester? If not, who coordinates activities? How are accounting and records managed?
How often does the coop assemble? How many current members are there? What are the costs and dues for each member?
Activities--resin tapping, logging, lumber conversion, secondary conversion, reforestation, fire protection, commerce (cooperative stores, lumber or firewood sales), paid services, agricultural activities