Tailor-made in-service trainings are an integral part of AgroBIG strategy aiming to strengthen the capacities of key implementers. Since the beginning of Programme implementation, several training sessions have been successfully managed by AgroBIG Programme Support Unit.
From 26-28th March 2018, a three-day Accounting Reform training was held in collaboration with the Bureau of Finance and Economic Cooperation (BoFEC), targeted to implementing bureaus accountants assigned to perform AgroBIG accounting activities. Turnout was up to expectations; with 15 trainees in attendance. Topics discussed included cash management, accounts handling, budget control, reporting and quality control. The training was conducted by Mr Assefa Tilahun, Chief Accountant assigned by BoFEC to AgroBIG Programme management and administration.
On 12th April 2018, a training workshop was held in Bahir Dar on AgroBIG loan and grant funds. The aim was to impart to district staff a good understanding of the objectives and procedures of the AgroBIG grant and loan funds, before the first Call for Proposals is launched. Also, the workshop sought to define methodologies for engaging women and youth in agribusiness activities.
During May 2018, two three-day training sessions were held on value chain development and market linkage facilitation for staff of key implementing partners. The training aimed to equip regional and woreda-level technical persons with a clear understanding on the value chain concept, the value chain financing part of the Programme, as well as to enhance their capacity on the value chain performance measurement systems related to AgroBIG. The event also aimed to validate potential value chain candidate commodities and to orient implementation partners on annual work planning.