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Honduras – First professionals graduate from new training centre

In March, we shared news about the inauguration of a new training centre for smallholder farmers in Honduras’ department of Comayagua. Now, a first group of 54 agricultural technicians received their diplomas.

“To take part in this agribusiness training has been highly satisfying and relevant, because my duties are closely related with this area and now I can put all the knowledge I have gained into practice with the small farmers that I am providing technical support” concluded  Ana Maritza Madrid, one of the first 54 graduates.

As part of P4P in Honduras, the Training Centre for Agricultural Development (Centro de Entrenamiento de Desarrollo Agrícola, CEDA) had been upgraded with the support of WFP, the European Union and the Honduran Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. Click here to learn more about the preparations and the inauguration of CEDA.

The 54 agricultural technicians were the first group of students taking part in a 8 month diploma study provided by experts from the El Zamorano Agricultural School and the Central America Integrated Plagues Management Programme (PROMIPAC). The course aims to build practical skills that provide participants with a systematic understanding of the most relevant factors in agribusiness administration. The graduates shall be able to support farmers according to their needs with technical assistance and agricultural orientation.

WFP Country Director Miguel Barreto said that “a complete training plan was designed to extensively support smallholder farmers in Honduras, in particular the members of farmers’ organisations taking part in P4P. All trainees belong to national institutions closely engaged with the national agriculture. They received knowledge and tools of the highest academic and methodological level with the objective of enhancing their technical capabilities and raising their quality for intervention with the Honduran agricultural productive environment.”

fieldAfter the graduation ceremony, graduates and guests visited the demonstration farm built close to CEDA which was also supported by P4P and the European Union. The farm is part of the practical training for students and small farmers and showcases different types of irrigation and crops that can be planted, aiming to improve farmers’ productivity in a cost efficient way.