Thanks to a workshop it organized in Abuja from May 17 to 20, 2022, CORAF strengthened the capacity of Nigerian actors in effective and efficient agribusiness management.
The workshop was organized within the framework of the Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development in West Africa (PAIRED) program.
Twenty-two (22) participants —including 37% women— from Nigerian research institutes, the Nigerian Ministry of Agriculture and mainly members of innovation platforms involved in PAIRED activities in Nigeria benefited from the training.
“The overarching objective of the PAIRED program is to bring West African farmers to adopt cutting-edge technologies and innovations developed by researchers, for sustainably increased agricultural production and inclusive economic development,” recalls Dr. Hippolyte Affognon, Coordinator of the PAIRED program at CORAF.
Specifically, the second component of the PAIRED program aims to scale up proven technologies and innovations, to increase agricultural productivity.
“For the PAIRED program to have the expected impact, it is crucial that it achieves the dual objective of increasing agricultural productivity, and improving the living conditions of farmers, more specifically smallholders,” says Dr. Caroline Makamto Sobgui, Technology Scaling Expert at CORAF.
The expert asserts that failing to achieve this dual objective simultaneously, puts at risk of keeping farmers in a vicious circle of poverty.
“While encouraging farmers to adopt the technologies and innovations that meet their needs, it is imperative to equip them with the necessary skills to well manage their businesses so that they are viable, sustainable and allow them to escape from the poverty trap,” she argues.
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The training provided participants with a good command of entrepreneurial techniques and small agricultural enterprises effective and efficient management skills, as well as mastery of the best marketing approaches to identify and develop profitable agricultural markets.
In addition, beneficiaries gained knowledge that will enable them to transform their farming activities from subsistence agriculture to profitable agricultural business ventures consistently competitive and sustainably operating, for their well-being and that of the whole community.
It is expected that the beneficiaries of the training will pass on the knowledge gained to their farming peers, for massive knowledge dissemination for more impactful actions for inclusive development.
The PAIRED program is a five-year intervention implemented by CORAF since 2017.
It is funded by the West Africa Regional Mission of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The countries of intervention are: Benin, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.