Development journeys of organisations in the agricultural sector – observations in South-East Africa and insightsread
The Andreas Hermes Academy has been involved in international development cooperation since 2006. Initially it was about the training of business trainers on the basis of the b|u|s training programme, which has been successful in Germany for many years. For this purpose, a compact version with three modules “b|u|s International” was developed. On behalf of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) as well as in cooperation with the GEFAK (Gesellschaft für angewandte Kommunalentwicklung, Marburg) more than one hundred trainers were trained in Burkina Faso, Benin, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Nepal and Mongolia. These are available for entrepreneur trainings.
The successful approach was also applied in the context of the project “Strengthening farmers’ organisations for sustainable agricultural development”, but here with the training of farmers as internal trainers as an integral part of the organisations’ service development.
Strenghening of Farmer Organisations
AHA supports the development of farmers’ organisations in economically less developed countries through organisational development, professionalisation and competence development in the field of interest representation. A core field of cooperation is the joint development of service offers and business models for sustainable association activities. AHA addresses the partners at eye level and leaves the strategic and operative decisions in their hands. Personal responsibility is encouraged, even when it is a matter of mobilising the necessary resources for one’s own development.
An important aspect of any cooperation is the development of local capacities and networks. The richness of our work lies in the high quality and diversity of our trainers and experts. Most of them come from the agricultural and food industries themselves and accompany people and organisations in their work with AHA, whose challenges and careers they know from their own experience. This is also important to us in Africa and Asia. Since 2006 we have been training trainers and master trainers from various areas of agriculture and rural development, men and women, young and old. Local experts are indispensable in our work – for example, in the training courses for the representation of interests. And so an excellently qualified, competent and experienced pool of trainers and experts is also growing up in Africa and Asia. What distinguishes them: The basic attitude that we consider to be so important and appreciative, the sensitivity for their counterparts and the knowledge of facts and methods to be able to accompany people in their change processes.