As part of efforts aimed at scaling up for the second year of its operations, the Market Development (MADE) Programme for Northern Ghana held a one-day orientation for 23 Sub facilitators drawn from the three northern regions of Ghana.
The purpose of the workshop held in Tamale, the Northern Regional capital, was to enable the Sub-facilitators operating in MADE’s six selected market sectors namely; rice, groundnut, onion, chilli, other vegetables and livestock to have a better appreciation of their roles and contribution towards the attainment of Programme objectives.
The role of the sub-facilitators involves working with MADE to influence actors and help forge alliances and business relationships in their specific market sectors. This includes selecting, training and working with Agriculture Extension Agents for mounting demonstrations to promote the adoption of good agricultural practices.
“Augustine Adongo, Team Leader of the MADE Programme said:
The vision of MADE is to see northern Ghana economically transformed, resilient and connected to the rest of Ghana and the world. The difference MADE is seeking to make is not in what is done but how it is done. Our Programme’s success will be determined by its very ending, and we will be happy to know we have contributed towards sustainable solutions that contribute to switching to commercial agriculture”.
The orientation covered presentations by the MADE team on the MADE approach and the specific role of Sub-facilitators in the successful management of projects under their various market sectors. These included co-ordination, supervision, data collection and reporting. The sub-facilitators expressed enthusiasm to work with MADE to develop and transform entrepreneurship in northern Ghana on a sustainable basis.