IFAD trains benefiting clusters on leadership, time management


The Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has trained its benefiting clusters in Ebonyi on leadership and time-management skills.

The training was a “step-down’’ follow-up to the programme’s leadership training held for selected officers in September, 2017.

Mrs. Francisca Anya, the Rural Institution, Gender and Youth Mainstreaming Officer of IFAD-VCDP in Ebonyi that the training would be conducted in Afikpo South, Ohaozara, Ikwo, Ishiellu and Izzi LGAs.

IFAD-VCDP seeks to use adequate sensitization to make benefiting farmers see agriculture as a business venture which would enhance their economic and social wellbeing, rather than a mere subsistence venture. “We were therefore, mandated to step down the training we acquired in Jos to the leaders of our various cluster groups and farmers associations in the benefiting councils to enable them to impact the knowledge on their members.

The participants would receive tutorials in leadership skills, time managements skills, First Aid applications, fire management skills, relationship management, business communication skills, among others,” she said.

Anya urged the participants to be punctual in all farming and related activities, while ensuring that they adequately arranged or prioritized their daily activities for increased output. “You should also, as leaders, effectively delegate authority or duties to infuse the acquired knowledge into your subordinates for greater efficiency.

You should, however, not delegate authority or duties to your subordinates when they are not well-equipped to handle such tasks because it would be counterproductive,” she stated.

Anya urged cluster leaders and members to promote unity and effective collaboration among themselves.”Most multinational companies around the world commenced operations as cooperative societies and such societies in most parts of the world even have powers to decide the fate of governments,” she said.

Mr. Okoro Agwu, the IFAD-VCDP Business and Marketing Development Officer in Ebonyi, urged the participants to develop good business relationship skills in order to enhance their farming enterprises.

Also speaking, Mr. Nnachi Ukpai, IFAD-VCDP Assistant Rural Institution, Gender and Youth Mainstreaming Officer in Ebonyi, urged the participants to employ democratic means to resolve conflicts so as to actualise the goals of their groups.

Mr. Basil Okwor, the Chairman of Umuhuali Cluster in Ishielu LGA, thanked the organizers for the training but called for assistance in encouraging cluster members to attend such programmes.