Farmer Based Organisations from the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions have received capacity building training to improve on advocacy skills to enhance livelihoods in their communities.
The training comes under a three year Ghana-Korea Project package valued at about $4million of which about $2.8million would go into direct project implementation in partnership with the Association of Church Development Projects (ACDEP), an NGO operating in the three regions.
The project which is a bilateral cooperation between the Government of Ghana and the Republic of Korea was launched in March 2018.
Mr Michael Pervarah, Programmes Manager of ACDEP who spoke in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said the training for the Farmer Based Cooperatives (FBC) was a way to make them more vibrant and transformative.
According to the Programmes Manager, the training, covered four days, and was expected to groom leaders to come out with action plans that would lay grounds for effective implementation of activities under the overall programme and to also identify critical needs of the farmers to enable them access a grant component under the partnership.
He said participants would receive training on how to identify critical needs of the cooperatives to facilitate preparation of the plans and noted that first part of the training package had been delivered and the entire three year project is expected to support 640 farmer groups.
He indicated that the Training of Trainers component which was organised earlier provided training for the Departments of cooperatives, NBSSI and other partners who are expected to use the skills acquired to carry out step down trainings for their groups.
The second round of the training, according to the Manager, is being carried out for 210 leaders of FBOs for 2018 and indicated that to close the gender gaps among farmer cooperatives, women were being given good place in the implementation of the programme to enable them to acquire skills to enhance their cooperatives.
He noted that women in agriculture have been relegated for a long time and attributed this to the lack of confidence and large information gap at the detriment of women and noted that the training would help them to articulate and be placed well in the cooperatives.
He said the training would offer opportunities for the groups to appreciate that women had a lot to offer and that the training had empowered them to take up leadership roles.
He indicated that the formation of cooperatives was a way farmers could use to develop their communities and the country and said as more people were engaged in agriculture with majority being small holder farmers, it was necessary to help the groups to transform.
He said the project would monitor, provide technical advice to farmers, link them to market sources and improve the production chain.
Mr Norbert Apentibadek, Communications Officer of ACDEP, stated that the project was a $4million partnership package which had the objective to create wealth through farmer cooperatives in the three regions of the north.