CDSF, in collaboration with the federal AGP 2 Project Coordination Unit (FPCU), organized a four-day (September 5-8) training of trainers (TOT) event in Adama city for those federal participants who did not attend first round training during last fiscal year. Twenty-one participants (five female) drawn from federal AGP, the Ethiopian Agriculture Research Institute, the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoNAR), as well as three CDSF specialists, took part in the training. The training was on the first of the four-module Master Facilitators Development Program (MFDP) that aims to strengthen the capacity of AGP and implementing agencies to deliver high-quality capacity development programs.
Rick Steel, International Capacity Development Advisor and Tadele Akalu, National capacity Development Specialist and Teshome Sahailu FAGP CU CD and communication specialist facilitated the training.
Tamrat Yohanese is an agriculture mechanization senior expert at the Mechanization Directorate of the MOANR. Tamrat has the following to say about the training.
“… I work as AGP coordinator In my department. AGP 2 has given due emphasis to mechanization in a bid to increase production and productivity using technology. As there was no mechanization department during AGP 1, we now needed to equip our staff with the necessary knowledge and skills. Some of the skills we needed were facilitation skill; the ability to effectively carry out needs assessment, task performance analysis, stakeholder analysis and the like. We are extremely glad to be equipped with all the skilled I mentioned within just four days of training.”
There is no doubt that we will be sharing the knowledge and skills we gained in this training with our colleagues back in our respective departments. It’s also heartening to learn that we will participate in another three modules which I hope will deal with contents as relevant to us as this first module.”
At the closing of the training workshop, Jim Hamilton, CDSF Project Field Manager, encouraged participants to exercise the tools and techniques gained from the four-day MFDP training in their workplaces and their communities of practice.
Closing the training program, Ato Yalew Belete, federal AGP CU Infrastructure Team Leader, on his part said the training was very useful as it focused on areas that participants apply in their daily work and hence it is very relevant to the delivery of AGP output. Ato Yalewu, finally thanked CDSF team on behalf of AGP 2 national coordinator.