The programme dubbed”, Business Incubation, Cooperative Capacity Development and Valued Addition Training to Maaltaaba Business Development Team (BTD), organized by Maaltaaba Peasant Women Farmers’ Cooperative (MAPEWFAC), was funded by the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF).
The participants who are into livestock and poultry rearing such as goats, sheep, guinea fowls, fowls, ducks among others are expected to become trainers of trainees in their respective communities where they have women smallholder farmers.
Speaking to the media at the event, the Director of MAPEWFAC, Lydia Miyella, explained that the emphasis on the training was on value change approach to business and stressed that her outfit was working hard to sow a seed of business mindedness and positive climate change attitude into the women smallholder farmers.
She stated that already most of the beneficiaries have shifted away from using fertilizers to organic manure through the training they received from MAPEWFAC on compost making.
She explained further the training the women smallholder farmers received on Business incubation, would empower them to apply the value change approach and cited for instance that they could use the droppings from the animals they rear for compost making.
The Director disclosed that MAPEWFAC, trained the women on how to make fish feed and organic manure for sales and also for their farms.
“The essence of this is not only to help improve upon the livelihoods of families and households but to also help tackle climate change challenges”, the Director stressed.
The Trainer for Rural Enterprise, Mr Issifu Basideen, who facilitated the training, took the participants through the dynamics of business incubation from the perspective farming, economic and climate change activities.
The facilitator trained them on how to rear their livestock and poultry to ensure their survival rates as well as how to make fish feeds and to also use the byproducts of their livestock and poultry for farming, feeding of fish and for sales .