Uni grooms voice for change

Caption: Workshop participants with IATP Facilitators Ben Hulo and Conrad Baroro at the end of training in Minj.

PNG University of Natural Resources and Environment in partnership with Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research has delivered fundamental training to help farmers in Jiwaka Province.

The 23 farmers who attended the five-day training workshop that was conducted at the beginning of this month, will be the agents of change who will pass on this training to other local farmers.

PNG UNRE through its Integrated Agriculture Training Program conducted the training in collaboration with the Voice for Change Organisation in Minj, Jiwaka Province.

Funding for the workshop came from the Women in Business Acumen Project by the University of Canberra through the Australia Centre for International Agriculture Research Programs (ACIAR).

IATP conducted the Sustainable Livelihoods and Decision Making; and Basic Record Keeping and Book Keeping modules.

Although it was the busiest time of the year, with parents preparing their children for the school year, 16 women and 7 men attended the training.

Director for Voice for Change Lilly Be’Soer said she was glad that IATP was there to deliver two very important modules that would enhance the participants’ skills and knowledge with other Family Team modules that were delivered by the ACIAR team.

She said the IATP modules will help participants because they are engaged in various community projects.

These include fresh water fish pond, piggery, free range ducks and vegetable farming. The participants came from six different communities in the province and the projects are conducted in each of the communities.

Six couples from each of the communities were identified to take up leadership roles under the program.

These couples were encouraged to display strong leadership qualities to be role models within their communities, so that project members as well as others in the community can learn and adopt new ideas and skills brought by the project.

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