The Liberia National Federation of Cooperative Societies (LNFCS) in collaboration with Farmer to Farmer of the ACDI–VOCA, recently trained 64 farmer representatives from across Nimba County on prevention of gender based violence.
According to the LNFCS, there had been instances of gender based violence among farmers’ organizations in Nimba County, depriving many females of participating or playing leadership roles in farming organizations.
The training focused on the importance of gender balance in every organization, especially the farming organization, and in the community at large, said Mr. Patrick Yattol, Director of Farmer to Farmer of ACDI – VOCA .
“This workshop is intended to improve gender balance and good relationship, build the farmers’ agricultural strength and also develop their skills in financial management in order to improve their community,” said Joseph Wallace of the Cooperative Development Society.
“The workshop is the first of its kind to be held for farmers in Nimba,” one farmer commented.
The workshop brought together 36 farming groups from across Nimba. It was organized by the LNFCS, and the training was provided by ACDI – VOCA.
The farmers participating in the training workshops provided their own food and lodging support the workshop and reduce their dependence on donor support for everything including lodging, feeding and transportation.
The chief trainer, Priya Dhanani, expressed satisfaction for the level of corporation received from the participants.
She said since she started training across Africa, the Nimba workshop was among the best.
“We now know that in every organization, women and men have to work side by side in order to foster developments in their community,” said one of the participants.