VITAL KEYS TO YOUR AGRIBUSINESS PROSPERITY
Are you an agribusiness operator (farmer, processor, trader, equipment fabricator etc) or you provide services for the sector (transporter, merchant, financier (agric desks of banks), exporter etc) or a user of agricultural products (that includes everyone and to a great extent most businesses)? You need to know this:
I have discovered vital keys to your agribusiness productivity/prosperity – Really? Yes!
I recently concluded a two-week Professional Capacity Building International Programme on the theme:-Building Agribusiness Relations for Sustainable Profit – Learning key skills for inclusive business development. The training was by ICRA - International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture. It was for Agribusiness Service Providers; it was held in Ibadan from 18th to 29th June and included the following topics:
Building Business Relationships
Creation of market value for agricultural commodities
Analysing competition, coordination and competitive playing fields
Value chain mapping and analysis
Technical and organisational innovations
Agribusiness Clusters and partnership development
Business Support services and agribusiness coaching
From needs to planning of business support interventions in agribusiness clusters
Partnering skills for profitable collaboration
Negotiation towards win-win situations
Models and embedded funding options for business support services in agribusiness clusters
Contract development in agribusiness clusters
Very many thanks to ICRA, for organising this workshop, to the foundation that sponsored me for the training and to the highly skilled, experienced trainers:-Toon Defoer, Mariëtte Gross, Gbenga Idowu and François Dossouhoui.
ICRA organises international short courses to strengthen the capacities of professionals working in agricultural education, research, agribusiness support & advisory services. Check www.icra-edu.org for more information.
This ICRA course I attended in Ibadan was practical in every way. Apart from the class exercises, experience sharing, mapping and analyses of value chains we watched in videos, we also had a field trip to Psaltry International Limited (a cassava processing factory) and the Ado Awaye Cassava Agribusiness Cluster in Ado Awaye, near Iseyin, Oyo state, meeting representatives of Cassava farmers supplying raw cassava to Psaltry and all the value chain actors in the cluster such as the input dealers, transporters, tractor operators etc. It was a lot of interesting, exciting capacity building work and you bet, there were recreational activities as well - visits to the National Museum in Ibadan, the U.I. Zoological Garden, dinners at Chinese restaurant etc.
How will all these affect you, you no doubt wonder? This is it - Going forward, Farm Café will be working with interested agribusinesses (farmers, input dealers, processors, logistics services, marketers and so on) to create better market value for your agricultural products, broker win-win collaborations that will lead to greater productivity and prosperity (higher incomes) for all the stakeholders involved – that could be you!
For more details, contact: Phone/WhatsApp: +234(0)8037240471, +234(0)8092236484.
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DIRECTOR, FARM CAFE