In its continued activities to upskill the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the WACOMP programme held an online training for ECOWAS MSMEs involved in Cassava and Mango Processing. The training gave the region’s MSMEs key skills and knowledge to enhance the production and processing in these agro-food industries.
The training took place from 6 March 2023 to 12 May 2023 and provided trainees with information to improve their processing using improved planning and organisational approaches. It also sought to improve the investment institutions approaches in financial management and business planning, with an overall goal to ensure small businesses improve their capabilities in securing financial investments and accessing international markets. “During my individual online session with the coach, I was receiving a lot of insightful ideas on my business and the steps to follow to make it more successful,” said Daniel Mason, Bofams Agrifield Limited.
Additionally, Dayo-Adepoju, Worldquest Multipurpose Concept Limited thanked the WACOMP programme as “being an avenue of solutions to the most ravaging problems of production and profitability”.
Overall, the training underscored the need for increased coordination and collaboration amongst ECOWAS MSMEs, as well as the benefits of strengthening their partnerships for joint initiatives.
Trainees learned to conceptualise new and innovative products, methods to increase profitability by streamlining operations and key elements needed to establish consumer loyalty and valuable brand.