AFOS-NIG INGO, a German NGO, has organized a nine-day exposure visit to Germany for its development partner-institutions as well as other stakeholders within the Nigerian agricultural sector.
This is contained in a statement by its Chief Executive Officer and Country Representative of the NGO, Mr Oladipupo Akoni,
AFOS is an NGO providing technical support to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and agribusiness owners in Nigeria in collaboration with the Microfinance Agricultural Learning and Development Centre, the foundation’s implementation partner in Nigeria,
According to Akoni, the learning and exchange program is an initiative of the foundation to enhance and improve its interventions to drive sustainable development in the agricultural sector.
“This exposure visit to Germany is the 3rd of its kind.
“It will be a learning experience for the Nigerian agriculture industry, as delegates will be exposed to knowledge exchange and an opportunity for stakeholders to establish relationships for future collaboration and partnership,” he said.
He said that the objective of the program was to expose Nigerian practitioners to modern agricultural practices, new technology and innovations in agricultural TVET, and to further facilitate linkages between Nigeria and the host country.
Akoni said that the program would involve visits to seven institutions in Germany’s agricultural sector to gain insights about TVET programs and support through its chambers, loan programs for agri-preneurs, organic farms and farmers association in Germany.
He listed the 17 delegates on the program, drawn from agro-allied companies, as including CHI Farms, Big Dutchman, Dayntee Farms, Animal Care Consult, and Obasanjo Farms.
“Government stakeholders represented are the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (NACCIMA).
“Others are the Ogun State Council of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OGUNCCIMA), the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Microfinance Agricultural Learning and Development Center(MLDC),” he said.
He said that AFOS Foundation Germany, and AFOS-NIG INGO.
AFOS Foundation implemented capacity development programs for the microfinance and agricultural sectors to improve the socio-economic situation of low-income families.
He added that the programs also helped to improve the performance of MSMEs in rural Nigeria and other emerging nations.
AFOS is funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development,