CEFI sign Technical Assistance Agreement to build capacity of 25 000 fresh produce farming households

CEFI Executive Director Saliya Ranasinghe and CARE International PNG Country Director Justine McMahon today signed a three 3-year partnership agreement for CARE International to provide technical assistance to CEFI in developing and delivering family inclusive training program to 25, 000 farming households across the Highlands region, Morobe and East New Britain Provinces.

The program will combine the overall family based approach led by CARE International PNG with CEFI’s financial education training module and is aimed at raising farming household’s capacity to enable them to take the best advantage of project services and to improve family livelihoods.

Mr. Saliya Ranasinghe stated that CEFI has already begun identifying training providers and trainers in Simbu, Jiwaka and WHP and is expected to recruit a total of 120 trainers for the six (6) provinces. “These trainers will then undergo Training-of-Trainers training to be provided by CARE International and will eventually provide trainings to the target farmers.”

CEFI Executive Director Saliya Ranasinghe and CARE International PNG Country Director Justine McMahon signing the three 3 -year partnership agreement

Ms. Justine McMahon Country Director – CARE International in PNG stated, “CARE International PNG is happy to be part of this important partnership as the training program will play an instrumental role in not only delivering benefits to the farmers but also to ensure that communities and farming households are able to translate these benefits into sustainable household welfare improvements”

The Family Farm Team Training is one of the major activities within the financial inclusion component that CEFI is responsible under the Market for Village Farmers (MVF) Project. The overall Market for Village Project is valued at $USD38 million (PGK127 million) and is executed by the Government of Papua New Guinea through the Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL) and implemented by FPDA, with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

For further information, including access to related materials, please contact CEFI Communications and Stakeholder engagement team: +675 3225300, email: ekuson@thecefi.org visit the CEFI www.thecefi.org

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