Seventy agricultural researchers and extension workers drawn from Universities,
government Ministries NGO’s and other research institutions have benefited from a three day training on how to develop a strategic plan for pillar four of the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme for Sierra Leone. The CAADP programme is part of the New Partnership for Africa Development NEPAD’S initiative to promote the capacity of agricultural researchers in Africa.
The three days intensive training which commenced on Tuesday, 16th June ended yesterday at the Atlantic Hall of the National Stadium in Freetown.
The facilitator of the training workshop was John A. Sutherland who is a research and project
cycle management facilitation and monitoring expert working with NEPAD.
Speaking to Awoko on the final day of the three day training Mr. Sutherland said that he came to Sierra Leone to facilitate the capacity building process for the country’s agricultural
researchers to improve their knowledge in planning for Sierra Leone’s intervention in the delivery of CAADP Pillar four.
The British facilitator intimated that during the workshop he discovered that the participants have the knowledge in research planning but do not know how to put it into use.”It is that aspect that I have come to develop” the facilitator said. He said the training will help the participants to use agriculture as an engine of economic growth.
The three day training was very much participatory as a three different set of group discussion sessions were done throughout the period of the training.
By William Freeman