FORQLAB Partners hold Training for Avocado Co-operatives
Food Waste Reduction and Food Quality Living (FORQLAB) partners organised a training workshop for the avocado cooperatives that are part of the project. These Cooperatives include: Nandi Avocado Coop, Mount Kenya Avocado Coop, Mount Kenya East Avocado Coop and Abothoguchi Avocado Coop.
The training Offered by AGRITERRA and funded by the Netherlands Food Partnerships (NFP) trained the Coop leaders in the following areas: the basics of cooperatives; providing services to members; and supply of farm inputs. The training culminated in smart work plans for each cooperative.
The training dubbed MYCOOP was conducted by Raymond Lyimo and Esther Kalanza, from AGRITERRA while NFP was represented by Wim Goris. Their training approach uses interactive methods and a variety of examples to ensure active participation. Meru University of Science and Technology was represented by Prof. Peter Masinde, Dr. Eric Mworia and Dr. Beatrice Owiti.
The Masters students who will visit the Netherlands on an Erasmus+ exchange program were also part of the beneficiaries of this training. They include Shelef Ochieng, Oscar Wamalwa, Kennedy Manyara, June Sharon Kinoti and Annette Cheptoo. We believe that the training will help farmers run their cooperatives better and by extension lead to the prevention of food loss.