By Gabriel Ewepu
ABUJA—Africa Lead, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, has completed leadership training for selected women and youths in the country on agriculture with special focus on food security.
Africa Lead II, a five-year programme, is building on the mileage set by its predecessor capacity building programme (Africa Lead) and is aimed at providing targeted assistance to support and advance the Africa-led agricultural transformation as contained in the proposal of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme, CAADP.
Aimed at developing the capacity of champions to engage their talents in fighting hunger and poverty, Africa Lead II trained the beneficiaries on various aspects of content development, capacity, monitoring and evaluation as well as prudent management of resources.
In her welcome address, West Africa Regional Director, Africa Lead, Carla Denizen, urged the participants to look beyond visible barriers to make impact in the society. According to her, the program would help in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goal-2 of Zero Hunger, especially in rural communities.
“In the past five days, I have learned a lot from our trainers and facilitators. What is left for you is to put this knowledge into practice and I am convinced we are already prepared to make positive difference in our lives and in the society,” she stated.
While also congratulating the ‘Champions’ (beneficiaries of the training programme), Roland Oru who stood in for USAID, admonished them to be agents of change, noting that women and youths have critical roles to play in the development aspirations of any nation. The highlight of the event was the presentation of certificates to the participants.