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CDSF Oromia Office Conducts Homestead Gardening TOT

AGP 2 CDSF conducted a Training of Trainers (ToT) on Homestead Gardening from 15-18th May 2018 at Melkasa Agricultural Research Center for 36 participants (12 women).   Nutrition, gender and horticulture experts drawn from Oromia Bureau of Agriculture; horticulture experts from Zonal Agricultural offices and CDSF Zonal Capacity Development Officers (ZCDOs) from 15 Oromia Zones participated in the TOT.

The main objective of the training was to enhance the knowledge and skills of regional and zonal experts on homestead gardening, to support Woreda and Kebele level implementing agencies (IAs) in cascading homestead gardening training and to contribute towards overcoming nutrition-related challenges.

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Meskerem Mulatu, CDSF Gender and Nutrition Specialist, welcomed participants and urged them to activiely share their experiances and participate fully to obtain maximum benefit from the training. Major topics covered during the four-day training included: basics of nutrition and home gardening; establishing productive home garden; fruit propagation, production and post-harvest handling; vegetable propagation and production and post-harvest handling. In addition, practical training on Parma garden bed preparation and fruit propagation was conducted at field level.

Participants in the course are expected to provide training in their respective woredas to enable woreda and development agents (DAs) to provide adequate technical services for the farmers in their respective areas.

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On the last day of the training, Etalemahu Demissie, Oromia Region Capacity Development Officer urged participants to collaborate to support and capacitate woreda Subject Matter Specialists, DAs  and  farmers. She emphasized the need to practice homestead gardening and fruit and vegetable consumption to bring about tangible changes in dietary diversity at the household level, and ultimately to overcome the challenges of food security.

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