THEME 2: TRAINING & RESEARCH

 

Training and Research remain a key component in developing human capacities especially in developing countries. We conduct practical trainings in various disciplines and conducts studies which enable decision makes and stakeholders to plan for their communities. We focus on Entrepreneurship (focusing on individuals and MSME’s) and Agripreneurship trainings.

Agripreneurship: We have trained and continue to train the populace to engage in Farming as a Business (FaaB).For thousands of years; many farmers especially in Sub-Saharan Africa have been practicing Traditional Farming. They have served the primary purpose of providing food for their families; the traditional farm is not a business, but the main livelihood of the family. But now, as the world changes into a cash economy, they are faced with the need to become more entrepreneurial and run their farms as businesses. To make this transition, they need more than technical solutions to production questions for example farmers need to develop their capacities as entrepreneurs. Extension workers are always looked at by farmers for agribusiness information; for many of them workers however, business management is often a challenge as their experience and practice has largely been focused on agricultural production.

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Some of the winners of the Agripreneurship awards 2019 posing with their awards after a competitive selection during the 3rd annual farmers’ expo in Mukono district

Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurial development today has become very significant; in view of its being a key to economic development. The objectives of industrial development, regional growth, and employment generation depend upon entrepreneurial development. Entrepreneurs are, thus, the seeds of industrial development and the fruits of industrial development are greater employment opportunities to unemployed youth, increase in per capita income, higher standard of living and increased individual saving, revenue to the government in the form of income tax, sales tax, export duties, import duties, and balanced regional development. Agro-Tourism Association (ATA) thus continues to engage and train various groups in the principles and practices of entrepreneurship.


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Some of the refuges from Mvepi Refugee settlement camp in Arua district, West Nile region after undergoing an entrepreneurship and business mentorship training by Agro-Tourism Association supported by OXFAM.