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Grizel Gonzalez-Jeuck (center) and members of Instituto Forestal (INFOR) visiting an active INFOR farming operation in Chile.

Grizel Gonzalez-Jeuck (center) and members of Instituto Forestal (INFOR) visiting an active INFOR farming operation in Chile.

Grizel Gonzalez-Jeuck completed her Master’s Natural Resources, International Resources Technical Option in December 2014.  Her project led her to work in Southern Chile in collaboration with Instituto Forestal (INFOR) focusing on factors affecting effective technology transference in rural agricultural communities.  INFOR began working with rural agricultural communities about a year ago and distributed technical information on various agroforestry models, using written materials as well as some planting demonstrations.However, there is still some confusion within these communities about the use and techniques associated with agroforestry. These communities are experiencing a variety of socio-economic factors that are contributing to a continued cycle of subsistence farming. Grizel conducted interviews with farmers to determine barriers that effect technology transference within these communities, and provide them with recommendations to improve soil quality and production with a long-term goal of increased economic stability for farmers.