Vocational training for agribusiness

Needs assessment showed that skills on agricultural entrepreneurship and economics are missing in the agricultural sector. Therefore, we cooperated directly with Agriculture Technical Vocational Education and Training (ATVET) institutions from 2021 until end of May 2023 with the aim to qualify them as multipliers for tried-and-tested agribusiness training approaches to foster growth and job creation in the agribusiness sector.

The process

We chose our ATVET partners during a competitive selection process in 2020. Our implementing partners recommended 85 ATVETs to apply for the partnership with us and 25 institutions actually applied. After having pre-selected 14 institutions and virtually conducted interviews with the support of an international jury, we chose the final 8 implementing partners. Those 8 institutions will network with other ATVETs in form of a South-South exchange and upgrade those as well.

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Building on their self-assessment, we developed a roadmap and agribusiness upgrading strategy for teachers with our partners covering 8 topics:

Upgrading trainings of teachers and subsequent simulation trainings by the upgraded ATVET trainers delivered to their fellows were conducted online. We supported this process with expert knowledge, feedback, and some funding to upgrade particularly training and digital facilities. From October 2021 onwards we finally were able to meet our partners in person! Together we worked on upscaling trainings and establishing a South-South exchange between our partner institutions and other ATVETs.

Our 8 ATVET partners trained approximately 2,500 students, teachers and professionals in agricultural entrepreneurship and economics, Cooperative business management and economics, Processing economics and entrepreneurship, value chain promotion and contract farming. Most of the participants were trained in several approaches. In addition, the ATVETs also started integrating ABF’s Agribusiness e-Academy into their curricula!

Now after the end of our official cooperation, the ATVETs are continuously conducting trainings and hence, the network of practitioners and multipliers increases as you read this!

Anna Hans Makundi

Anna Hans Makundi

Coordinator of the GIZ ATVET project at MS TCDC Tanzania

“We have started rolling out some of the modules and everything is going on very well. […] The funds have arrived, and we also received items like the tablets and now we are doing the work. […] Through the ABF staff support we are now also able to use the MS Teams features without any problem. […] We look forward to work with GIZ on many other projects and we think the future is bright. Thank you!”

Ambassa Thomas

Ambassa Thomas

ISSAEER Cameroon

“I am a trainer here at ISSAEER. […] I was first trained here, in this structure which […] also introduced me to GIZ in 2019 to follow the training for FBS trainers. I would like to thank GIZ first of all. […] To visualise some very important points of the support […], I will take the example of upgrading loop one which talks about agricultural entrepreneurship: The management tools that we find there are indispensable for us and our learners. Both in terms of helping them to make decisions and of helping them to manage their own businesses. More than that, they are future job creators, that is to say, future business leaders. […] They must be capable, not only to manage their business better, but also to know how to make arrangements. […] To do this, they must master the tools that GIZ puts at our disposal. You can’t claim to have become an entrepreneur if you don’t master planning, if you don’t master the gross margin, if you don’t master the unit cost. Otherwise, you’re not going to be competitive on the ground. […] These tools also make the difference between the products that come out of ISSAEER and the products that come out of schools that do not yet benefit from the support of GIZ.”

Anna Hans Makundi

Maa green energy project by LAS

Duration of 15 months starting April 2022- June 2023

The primary objective of the project is to demonstrate various applications of solar power, stimulate demand and promote use of solar energy for productive purposes in Kenya’s rural areas such as water pumping for irrigation and domestic use, solar powered charging stations for devices and solar powered poultry incubators.

The project will result in improved household nutrition, increased household income from productive use of solar energy, lead to cost savings and less impact on the environment from adoption of cleaner and renewable energy alternatives.

Location: Kajiado County- Isinya and Ilbissil areas

Donor: GBE Small Fund

Recipient: LRC Foundation

Grant amount: 115,462.20 €

Co funding: 32,000.00 €

Total amount: 147,462.20 €

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