RUNDU – The governor of Kavango East, Bonifatius Wakudumo, has praised the GIZ project Farming for Resilience for initiating and supporting a workshop aimed at sowing seeds for entrepreneurship among farmers in the Kavango East region.
The governor climaxed during the official opening of the Farmers Business School (FBS) two-week workshop at the Rundu Hotel.
The aim of the workshop is to enable trainers to train farmers in agripreneurship. The GIZ Farming for Resilience Project initiated and supported the workshop by providing training manuals, posters and all materials that are used in the training of trainers and farmers.
The Farming for Resilience (F4R) project supports the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MAWLR) in strengthening the resilience of the food sector in general and the adaptability of smallholders in municipal areas to climate change in particular.
“The Farmers Business School is a tried and tested concept that was developed in 2010 as an innovative agricultural advisory and training approach to foster entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship among smallholders in Africa,” he said.
FBS ultimately targets value chain builders in 10 regions, namely in the regions of Kavango East, Kavango West, Kunene, Zambezi, Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Omusati, Omaheke and Otjozondjupa.
“I consider Namibia lucky that it has been added to other African countries to receive such capacity building intervention. This is a special occasion that is a hallmark of the empowerment of the farming community that will take place after this workshop, ”noted Wakudumo.
The FBS approach is based on empirical learning and aims to change the mindset of farmers in order to identify themselves as entrepreneurs and investors.
“This development is essential for the introduction of improved agricultural techniques, the exploitation of new market opportunities and investments in agricultural production, which consequently lead to improved productivity and higher incomes,” said the governor.
In combination with other advisory services, the FBS approach is recognized as an integrated, cost-effective advisory tool for the agricultural sector.
FBS is not isolated, but complements technical training and agricultural advice. Farmers – men and women – learn in Farmer Business Schools how to plan their activities and how to invest manpower, land and capital in a targeted manner in order to achieve better yields, quality and the market for their products.
FBS has been implemented in 24 African countries since 2010 and has a reach of over 1.4 million smallholders.
“I am delighted that FBS has selected locally important value chains in Namibia: pearl millet (mahangu), maize and chickens. These are very important raw materials in the communal areas of our regions and we need to improve production and value such products, ”he said.
“I have been reliably informed that all other regions will be covered in the next phase because FBS will include other value chains such as livestock (cattle and goats) and feed production,” he said.
“The government of the Republic of Namibia and our stakeholders such as GIZ Farming for Resilience have recognized and recognized the need for entrepreneurship in agriculture so that farmers not only focus on production, but also consider other important elements that improve agriculture and can commercialize. ” he said.
Wakudumo also urged the beneficiary farmers’ trainers to acquire the knowledge and skills that will enable them to train farmers in different communities to improve their entrepreneurial skills.
The training of the trainers will consist of an interactive exchange of business skills, related tools, the FBS training methodology in combination with presentations, group work, practical exercises and role plays.
The future FBS trainers will be familiarized with the approach through simulations of FBS training units led by trainer groups.
The evaluation of each simulation will improve the progressive improvement.
The first week is devoted to learning the moderation and training techniques of adult education, the introduction to the management tools and the calculation methods of these key tools on the basis of practical exercises.
The training also includes the implementation of the 12 modules by the international master trainer and the national master trainer, supplemented by simulations by the prospective FBS trainers.
2021-10-20 John Muyamba