Support to Pan-African Reform Processes in Agriculture Development through Technical Education and Training | agriculture technical training

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A mission team of 20 representatives from Ghana, Malawi and Belgium visited Latia Resource Center Ltd. in Isinya, Kajiado County on Monday, 23rd May 2016. The group comprises of program officers, horticulturalists, institute heads, instructors, entrepreneurs, government representatives, journalists and national coordinators of the German  International  Cooperation (GIZ).

The team is in Kenya for a Pan-African study tour to some institutions and training centers that have started pilot training on the curricula developed through the project ‘Promotion of Agricultural Technical Vocational Education and Training (ATVET)’ with support of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

GIZ ATVET Ghana, Malawi, Kenya to Latia

The team in their pan-African study tour to Latia, the farm based at Kajiado County.

The project aims at embedding ATVET into African Union’s (AU’s) New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and CAADP structures on the continental level and into educational and agricultural policies in selected countries, including Kenya and Malawi.

In Kenya, the project supports the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and the CAADP implementation team in the inclusion of ATVET into the National Agricultural Investment Plans (NAIPs) of AU member countries. The project was launched in 2013 on the basis of a partnership with the ministries of Agriculture and Education. A joint project steering committee (PSC) was formed in 2013 to drive the policy and technical process of ATVET establishment in Kenya. The initiative established TVET Authority and Curriculum Development Accreditation and Certification Council (CDACC). The PSC includes representatives from agricultural training institutions, private sector companies operating in agricultural value chains, farmer organizations, and other relevant entities.

In Malawi, the Ministry of Labour Youth and Manpower Development is the implementing partner collaborating with Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA) conducted several processes for curriculum development for the GIZ CAADP/ATVET project. Areas covered were: DACUM Chart development; modules and standards (occupational analysis); modules packages; and, learning material development. The process spanned from November 2015 to May 2016.  A Draft National Employment and Labour Policy (2015) in Malawi identifies skills development as one of the key strategies to achieve labour productivity and job creation with special targeting the youth and farmers.

GIZ, on behalf of the German government (BMZ) and as part of its broader support to CAADP has been cooperating with AU’s NEPAD-NPCA in developing more coherent and focused policies for ATVET.

Latia courses have the flexibility to target females and solve gender related challenges to skill development in agriculture…” Hilde Lemey, AFC GOPA Consultant in Germany remarks “…let’s thrive to solve gender specific African issues in skills development.” 

Joint exchange and learning visits in collaboration with the GIZ bilateral programme focus on partners learning from each other and exchanging information on issues related to framework conditions and appropriate packages to boost skills development and agriculture.

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Mabvuto from Malawi learns how to prepare mixed media for sowing seeds during propagation.

In Kenya, for instance, institutions that have started piloting  training include: Dairy Training Institute; Bukura Agricultural College; several polytechnics in the counties; Kenya School of Agriculture; Baraka Agricultural College; and, Latia Resource Center Ltd. Training skills cover  Agripreneurship; Vegetable Processing; Fodder production, Conservation, Dairy milk quality control and processing; Dairy and Horticulture; Dairy production and processing; and, Aquaculture.

The private sector can be a driver for skills development for the youth, Latia provides the practical and appropriate example to emulate.,” Ngabaghila Chatata, a young agripreneur from Malawi observes.

Latia Agripreneurship Institute engages at least 80 youth to develop a new generation of farmers with adequate knowledge and skills to turnaround agriculture in Africa. The young apprentices go through this intensive six-month practical training program, after which they are facilitated to get employment in farms and other agribusinesses.

Youth, male and female can take agriculture as a catalyst for their transformation socially, economically, intellectually, through hands on practical skills development; Latia Resource Center Ltd is an epitome for Africa’s change and prosperity” offers Mark Phiri, the National Coordinator at GIZ CAADP ATVET Project in Malawi.

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Abraham from NEPAD Africa chats with some young practitioners attending to their plots at Latia.

It is important that public institutions consider self-sustenance projections for at least five years” noted Mr. Abraham Sarfo, ATVET Advisor for Anglophone countries attached to NEPAD /NPCA.

This capacity-building process supports decision makers in developing clear strategies and plans to profitably invest in training, extension services, transfer technologies and research results in order to make traditional farming systems more professional.

For more information about NEPAD-CAADP ATVET… http://www.nepad.org/programme/agriculture-technical-vocational-education-and-training-atvet




Featured image caption: Mark Phiri advises a group of the young agriculture apprentices currently training at Latia until June 2016.

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