Training at Niamey, Niger

Presentation

The training took place from 24 to 25 September 2018 in the center of Niamey.

The Niamey center brought together Mooriben participants from the Dosso and Tillabéry regions. The training took place in the hall and in the field.

Participants

Participants

<h4>A total of 24 participants</h4>
6 women from Mooriben
18 men from Mooriben

Objectives of the workshop

  • Explain to 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:

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 of  by the participants

First day:

Opening of the workshop

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

Introduction of the ECOWAP

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

Brainstorming

After the brainstorming sessions, the trainer presents the grain quality control standards for 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  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 consisted 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 RAAF Executive Director and the head of Oxfam  was given to each participant .

Workshop evaluation

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 in stores and how to transport it