Training at Maradi, Niger

Presentation

The training took place from 27 to 28 September 2018 at the Maradi center.

The Maradi center brought together participants of SAA and FUCAP PO from the regions of Tahoua and Maradi. The training had a session inside and a practical session in field.

The training involved 21 participants including 4 women and 11 men members of the SAA federation and 6 men members of the FUCAP federation.

Participants

A total of 21 participants

4 women from SAA
11 men from SAA
6 men from FUCAP

Workshop objectives

  • Explain the participants how to supply and rebuild the regional reserve.
  • Train the participants on the different stages of grain quality analysis.
  • List the national and sub-regional quality analysis laboratories for cereals.

Structure of the activities carried out:

First day:

The training was conducted in seven stages: 1) opening; (2) introduction to ECOWAP; (3) Brainstorming and presentations; (4) visit the OPVN stores; (5) quality test at the OPVN laboratory; (6) presentation of the certificates to the participants and (7) workshop evaluation by the participants.

First day:

Opening of the workshop

The opening of the workshop is chaired by the president of SAA. The meeting table is completed by the RAAF agent and the Oxfam Information Campaign Project Leader in Niger.

Introduction of the ECOWAP

The RAAF agent explained the regional agricultural policy of the ECOWAS including the supply and operation mode of the Regional Food Security Reserve

Brainstorming

After the brainstorming sessions, the trainer presented the standards of grain quality control at the purchase, storage and delivery. A list of certified West African laboratories in cereal analysis was shared with the participants.

Visit OPVN Stores

The visit to the OPVN store allowed participants to be trained in storage, inventory monitoring and sampling techniques.

Laboratory quality test

The samples taken by the participants were analyzed in the laboratory. The analyzes carried out consist in determining the degree of impurity and the moisture of the grains.

Presentation of certificates

All participants were diligent and actively participated in all training sessions. A certificate signed by the ARAA Executive Director and the head of Oxfam was given to each participant.

Evaluation of the workshop

The results of this training were globally satisfactory. The training team was pleased with the participation and motivation of the beneficiaries. It is clear from these exchanges that the quality of cereal grains is still a topical issue in Oxfam-Niger’s intervention zones.

In relation to Oxfam-Niger’s objective, mastering grain quality control is not only seen as an alternative to post-harvest losses. It is also part of a revenue-generating activity that should, from this point of view, integrate a strategy based on good storage, marketing and analysis of stored grain.

Prospect:

After this first training session, the federations’ leaders pledged to adopt grain quality analysis from the point of view of buying from farmers and improve storage conditions in their stores. They identified their needs for small analytical equipment and took note of the laboratories certified for these analyzes in West Africa.
However, POs also need training support on accounting techniques, contact with cereal-seeking institutions, collaboration with the OPVN and a dynamic information system to obtain information on grain stocks and markets nationally and internationally.

Finally, a letter of thanks will be written by Oxfam in Niger to present a great satisfaction to the Director General of the OPVN who creates all the conditions of reception and learning on his institution.

Results obtained:

  • The participants took note of the ECOWAS regional agricultural policy and the content of the RFSR tender form.
  • The participants were informed of the laboratories where they will have to carry out all the quality analyzes required in the RFSR Call for Proposals document.
  • Participants learned how to carry out cereal quality tests
  • Participants were trained on how to store grain and how to transport it