The Chairman for the National Farmers and Fishermen Award Winners Association of Ghana (NFFAWAG) is not happy with the huge sums of monies spent on capacity building workshops for farmers.
Mr. Davies Narh Korboe believes that financially empowering farmers with parts of funds meant for building their capacity would serve a better purpose other than the use for which they are currently being put.
The 2009 national best farmer in an interview with Rite FM’s Morning Ride on Tuesday asserted that channeling part of the funds towards assisting farmers would greatly enhance their productivity.
Proposing a fifty percent (50%) allocation of capacity building funds for farmers, he was convinced that this would assist them financially.
“All we are saying is that our donor partners should put 50% of their capacity building money into liquidity for the farmers,” he told host Omanba Kwadwo Boafo in an interview on the Rite Morning Ride.
The Board chairman of Farm Management services Limited, FMSL (Gh) was however quick to maintain the relevance of capacity building workshops to the empowerment of farmers.
While agreeing that equipping farmers mentally through organizing capacity training and forums for them was good, Farmer Davies nevertheless maintained that assisting them financially to enable them practice the skills they have acquired would go a long way in preparing them for their businesses.
The 2010 National Young Entrepreneur winner averred during the ‘Akuafo Sesen’ segment of the Rite Morning Ride that farmers have repeatedly learnt a lot from capacity building workshops and programs on technology and other agronomic practices and hence the need for donor partners including the government which organizes capacity building for farmers to liquidate part of the ‘huge monies’ towards assisting farmers financially.
Most of Africa’s people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. These predominantly small‐scale farmers face many challenges, including food insecurity, rising poverty, and natural resource degradation.
To increase the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of their farms, they need greater access to affordable yield‐enhancing inputs, including well‐adapted seeds and new methods for integrated soil fertility management, as well as to output markets where they can convert surplus production into cash.
Source; Prince Paul Amuzufirstname.lastname@example.org