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Germany trains 230,000 farmers in Africa

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Staff Writer | August 14, 2017
German Development Agency (GIZ) has trained 230,000 small farmers in Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, and Cameroon.
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Africa   Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, and Cameroon
The farmers were trained under its Farmer Business School training (FBS).

In collaboration with 20 local partners, the organisation said it developed the Farmer Business Schools’ training programme to strengthen entrepreneurial skills.

According to it, 440 trainers and supervisors were trained to organise the FBS programme. GIZ said one-fourth of farmer business school graduates were women.

GIZ explained that graduates were taught to plan their production, record their income and expenses as well as the use of agricultural input and labour.

Seventy to 99 percent of the farmers polled, it said, have increased cocoa and other crop yields by between 50 and 100 percent.

More than 60 percent, the organisation said, have opened accounts with rural banks, and their savings will serve as collateral for new loans.

A third of the FBS-trained smallholders have joined producer cooperatives to improve their position in the market.