Stakeholders in the agriculture sector converged in Naivasha for a pedagogical training aimed at equipping them with presentation and communication skills.
The 15 trainees were drawn from different agricultural sectors including aquaculture, horticulture, veterinary services, among others.
All participants are Trainers of Trainees having been earlier trained though Standards and Market Access Programme (SMAP)
As it emerged, good communication skills are very vital in the agricultural sector especially where they are expected to train farmers and other stakeholders.
“Usually, what we look at is whether a farmer can do as we train them practically,” said Nazaria Nyaga, a veterinary officer and one of the trainees, adding, “However, what we have for long not taken in consideration is that it matters a lot how we pass information,”
While communication skills has mostly been a reserve for people in some fields such as journalism and Public relations, how information is passed both verbally and non-verbally greatly impacts on the fruits it bears.
“I now know that even body language matters a lot if I want to make impact on the way I communicate,” said Margaret Gatonye, the Executive Officer at Aquacultural Association of Kenya (AAK)
Facilitated by Dr. Wolfgang Hackl, an international trainer from Austria, the training was eye-opening to participants on whom many trainees, mostly farmers rely on.
Among main featuring topics were simplicity, body language, understanding body language and creating ,memorable moments among trainees.
Since its launch slightly over two years ago, SMAP has facilitated trainings of numerous trainers in horticulture, dairy, apiculture and meat sectors.
However, with most trainers of trainees who have benefitted being technical experts, it was very necessary to equip them with presentation skills that will ease their quest to informing and consequently impacting positively.
“This training has made me a better person,” confessed Patrice Kimondiu, a technical officer at Fresh Produce Exporters Association.
As a trainer, he added, there were numerous things he thought were right, and others he ignored but has since learnt how he should do them.
What they said:
“This training was meant for me” Mary Thumbi
“Thanks to UNIDO and the all-accommodating trainer, I am a better person,” Boniface Mulandi
“This is the only training that has equipped me so much socially. I have made new friends and can now interact better. I will definitely be applying the new skills at my place of work,” Dr John Koske
Funded by the European Union (EU), SMAP aims at raising standards and expanding markets in horticulture, apiculture, aquaculture, meat and dairy sectors.