With financial support from Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), WASAA is currently implementing a 2 year training program entitled Building Critical Agri-Entrepreneurial Skills of Women in Agri business in Sub Sahara Africa Alliance (WASAA).
The project is being implemented in Malawi and Zambia until March 2015. In Malawi, bcasWASAA is reaching a total beneficiary base of 1330 and in Zambia 1726. bcasWASAA is tailored to help increase incomes of smallholder farmers especially women through developing their farming activities into profitable agri-business enterprises. The training program aims to improve women farmers’ skills in agronomical practices, postharvest handling and commodity care of Soya beans, Pigeon peas, Sugar beans and Groundnuts; as well as training in Business Management and Leadership skills.
WASAA will further link project participants to micro finance and structured domestic and cross boarder markets. A training of trainers (ToT) will be conducted for selected members from each cooperative. These core trainers will then impart the knowledge and skills to their fellow cooperative members in their areas. WASAA will put in place monitoring and evaluation as well as on the job support procedures in order to ensure that trainers have trained their respective groups. The total cost of the project is USD503 958.38, AGRA has contributed to the project a grant of USD 252, 334.60 and WASAA Malawi and Zambia USD251 623.77.