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Nurturing seeds of talent for Eswatini’s agricultural development

Nurturing seeds of talent for Eswatini’s agricultural development

In order to assist the Government of Kingdom of Eswatini (KoE) to foster local agricultural talents, as well as to enhance sustainability of cooperation projects, the International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) together with the University of Eswatini (UNESWA) initiated a program in which the technicians of Taiwan Technical Mission in the KoE (TTM) will train the students of UNESWA’s Horticultural Department on state-of-the-art knowledge and skills applied in TTM’s projects. This program seeks to reduce the talent-skill mismatch gap in Eswatini and turn well-trained students into the driving force in transforming the agricultural sector of KoE.

The TaiwanICDF’s agricultural projects in KoE are in line with the country’s policies and strategies, which include food security and diversification. It was found during project implementation that most farmers lack core knowledge and skills of agricultural value chain, hampering the projects’ sustainability. Therefore, the TaiwanICDF and UNESWA opened a series of theoretical and practical courses, including topics of field management, business management and international marketing, sustainable agriculture, propagation techniques of guava grafting, litchi air layering, and pitaya cutting, among others.

Also, the new government cabinet appointed last year has been promoting public- private partnership. This March, the Ministry of Agriculture held an event launching Private Sector Engagement in Agriculture Development to encourage companies to invest in the agriculture sector. In alignment with such initiative, the above-mentioned program aims not only to improve the capacity of governmental agencies and civil servants, but also nurture the talents in agriculture to reduce production costs of the private sector so as to provide incentive to entrepreneurs to participate in the agricultural value chain. In the near future, the TaiwanICDF will invite Eswatini’s officers to engage in dialogue with the students so that the youths can understand the current context, challenges and opportunities of the agriculture sector, as well as the achievements and impact that Taiwanese technicians have brought to Eswatini.

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  • Date:2019/4/2