The UN world Food Program (WFP) in collaboration with the Farmers' Assistance Program and Government of Liberia Wednesday began a three-day training session to strengthen the organizational and leadership capacities of targeted women farmer organizations in leadership, good governance practices and other associated elements.
The training is being held under the project known as "UN Joint Program on Accelerating Progress on Rural Women Economic Empowerment" (or JP RWEE project) which started in 2014 and seeks to support the economic, nutritional, and organizational capacity development of rural women.
The Buchanan workshop specifically aims at empowering women headed-farmer organizations and groups to be efficient and effective at organizational and group management and implementation techniques including financial management, application of by-laws and constitution, good governance practices, warehouse management, marketing, post-harvest handling and business Planning.
More than 40 women farmers and their heads from Margibi, Grand Bassa, and River Cess Counties are attending the training. The seminar is organized by World Food Program (WFP) in collaboration with a local food security NGO the Farmer Assistance Program (FAP) with support of the Government of Liberia through the Ministries of Agriculture and Gender Children/Social Protection.
Speaking at the start of the training, WFP's National Program Officer for Livelihoods Assets and Market Promotions, Mr. Lonnie Herring, emphasized the relevance of the training in addressing management gaps of women's groups.
"We all share similar views, share similar things and have many things in common and so it's good that we come together as a group from Rivercess, Margibi, and Grand Bassa Counties because strong leadership and governance are very important for the success of any group," he said.
The RWEE project is a Joint Country Programme implemented by UNWOMEN, FAO and WFP in collaboration with the Government of Liberia through the Ministries of Gender, Children and Social Protection and Agriculture. It seeks to ensure the empowerment of rural women to actively engage in the management and sustainability of their local economies.