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Three-Day Training on Agriculture Value Chain and Agribusiness Project Management Wraps Up Successfully

‘Employees Gain Invaluable Insights in Business Development Services for Agribusiness’.

In a dedicated effort to enhance its expertise in the agriculture sector, the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) recently concluded a comprehensive three-day training program on agriculture value chain, agriculture innovation management, agribusiness project management, and business development services for agribusiness. The training took place from September 26-28,2023 and was organized for the employees of NEIP by the Ghana Trade & Investment Activity (GTI) at Hephzibah Hotel, Peduase, Eastern region.

The primary objectives of the training were to enhance participants’ understanding of the agriculture value chain and its significance in agribusiness, to equip participants with essential project management skills tailored to agribusiness, to provide insights into the application of business development services in the agribusiness sector.

The training program covered a diverse range of topics, including but not limited to an overview of the Agriculture Value Chain, Market Analysis and Market Linkages, Agribusiness Project Planning and Implementation, Risk Management in Agribusiness, Business Development Services for Agribusiness Growth, Agriculture Innovation Management, Case Studies, Practical Exercises and Gender Youth and Social Inclusion. The workshop was facilitated by competent facilitators in the agriculture industry in no order namely, Juliana Asante-Dartey, Emmanual Adjei, Nana Ama Oppong-Duah, Nicholas Amartey, Rita Emefa Avle-Gavor and Rejaad Awah.

The first day of training commenced with a focus on the Agriculture Value Chain, where participants delved into the intricacies of crop cultivation, post-harvest handling, and distribution channels. Experts in the field led engaging discussions on sustainable farming practices, quality control, and market trends. Attendees left with a deepened understanding of the entire agricultural ecosystem.

Agribusiness Project Management took centre stage on the second day. Seasoned project managers shared their experiences, emphasizing the importance of meticulous planning, resource allocation, and risk management in agribusiness ventures. Attendees acquired valuable project management skills that will undoubtedly strengthen the company’s agricultural projects.

The final day of the training focused on Business Development Services tailored specifically for agribusiness. Participants engaged in interactive workshops on market research, customer relationship management, and financial planning. These sessions aimed to equip employees with the tools needed to explore new opportunities and foster growth in the agricultural sector.

To bring the training to an end, the significance of Gender, Youth and Social Inclusion for USAID was also highlighted. GYSI in the workplace are crucial aspect of diversity and inclusion efforts. The workplace should create an environment where all genders have equal opportunities and access to resources and are free from bias based on their gender by promoting diversity at all levels of the organization and fostering a culture of respect, fairness, and gender equity. The youth should also be engaged and empowered at the workplace. Youth-inclusive workplaces foster an environment where young professionals can thrive, learn, and grow, regardless of their age. Organizations should also ensure that individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those with disabilities, different ethnicities, religions, and socio-economic statuses, feel welcome, valued, and respected in the workplace. Social inclusion initiatives aim to break down barriers and create a sense of belonging for everyone. Incorporating GYSI principles into the workplace not only aligns with ethical and social responsibility but also has tangible benefits, including improved employee morale, creativity, and overall organizational performance. By fostering a culture that values and includes individuals of all genders, ages, and backgrounds, companies can create a more equitable and innovative work environment.

Throughout the three days, attendees actively participated in group discussions, case studies that provided participants with hands-on problem-solving experiences, and practical exercises, enhancing their grasp of the subject matter and promoting a culture of collaboration within the company. The training sessions were interactive and engaging, allowing participants to actively participate, share experiences, and learn from one another. At the end of the training program, participants were encouraged to provide feedback on their learning experiences. The feedback received was overwhelmingly positive, with participants expressing their appreciation for the valuable knowledge gained and the interactive nature of the training. Suggestions for improvement were also noted for future training programs. The three-day training was a resounding success and staff left with a deeper understanding of agribusiness principles and practical skills that will benefit NEIP in its endeavours within the agricultural sector.


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