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Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Agriculture Organization hold Agribusiness Incubation Train-the-Trainers Workshop

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Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2021. 10:55 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) held an Agribusiness Incubation Train-the-Trainers Workshop.  

The workshop is part of FAO’s program to provide technical assistance to MAFSE, the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation, and the University of Belize. The objective is to use an appropriate incubation system to strengthen the technical capacity of young and female entrepreneurs so they can develop and implement business ventures that are sustainable and climate-smart in different areas of the food system including production, processing, distribution, and commercialization”, said a Government of Belize Press Office release. 

This phase served to sensitize and prepare candidates to share the systemic vision of technical incubator methodology,” said MAFSE. “During the activities, information was shared among the teams that will be involved in supporting the incubation processes and the long-term sustainability of the technical incubator.”

The training process allowed the teams to review the planning, constitution, and administration of agro-food businesses. The workshop looked at the strengths and weaknesses of extensionist practices, the mapping of best practices, and the development of shared concepts among the participants. 

FAO’s technical agribusiness incubator consultants conducted the workshop through a hybrid virtual and face-to-face learning process.

Twenty-eight (28) participants from various local government agencies, including MAFSE, Women’s Department, Cooperatives Department, University of Belize, Beltraide, Belize Marketing, and Development Corporation, the Development Finance Corporation, La Inmaculada Credit Union, and farmers organizations, successfully completed the workshop.

Five participants from the Bahamas also completed the workshop successfully.  

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