AMEA Launches Trainer Certification in Ethiopia
On November 21st, 2017, AMEA certified a first group of high quality trainers for farmer organizations, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The purpose of the trainer certification is to implement AMEA's Standardized Approach, which is a global standard that helps professionalize farmers and their organizations. AMEA aims to build a roster of highly qualified trainers in Ethiopia and other parts of the world, who are capable of transferring knowledge and delivering training services under the Agribusiness Leadership Program (ALP) curriculum to farmer organizations in different sectors.
The ALP aims to increase the level of professionalism according to the core capacities essential for farmer organizations to act as reliable business partners for buyers, financial institutions and in-put providers.
AMEA recognizes the many challenges the commercial agriculture sector faces such as the need for quality, quantity, and reliability. Unfortunately, the current practices to develop farmer organizations are too often ineffective due to the fragmented approach towards capacity building. AMEA's Standardized Approach is established to create a long term solution by improving the quality and consistency of training in the agricultural capacity-building sector. The development of a common quality system for developing professional farmer organizations is the key to tackle these challenges.
The AMEA Trainer Certification offers the opportunity to identity, educate and train the service providers who deliver high quality training and coaching to farmer organizations. AMEA's trainers go through rigorous training of trainers, assessments on their facilitation and interpersonal skills, knowledge on the training content and their ability to share that knowledge.
The standardized training certifies the reliable trainers, to ensure that farmer organizations are delivered the resources, knowledge, and experiences needed to succeed in the agriculture business. AMEA is proud to announce that 11 trainers, were certified. The applicant trainers are experienced service providers from both international capacity builders as smaller local training firms. The certification is valid for one year after which a re-certification is available. The certified trainers are asked to provide AMEA with feedback from the clients and the farmer organization leaders trained in the coming year.
Stay tuned, as AMEA is planning on holding multiple certification events in 2018 and following years that will take place in Tanzania, Rwanda and Cote d'Ivoire, to name a few.
AMEA is aiming to expand the trainer certification to other training curricula delivering on the core capacities of professional farmer organizations, and to the business coaching function in the next few years. A common pool of AMEA certified trainers is created for the members of the AMEA Alliance.
If you are interested in the AMEA certified trainers, the ALP and other elements of the AMEA Standardized Approach, you are welcome to join the AMEA Alliance.
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