Cascade trainings to promote written contracts for cereals traders continued in central Ghana with a July 3-4 workshop for 47 participants, including 14 women from the Techiman Maize Buyers and Sellers Association.
Co-hosted by the country’s Cereal Inter-professional Committee, this second in a series of workshops used lectures in the local language Twi and role playing to convey how to use pre- and post-sale documentation to ensure the quality of traded goods.
“Currently we sell our goods based on trust, and this has resulted in the gradual loss of our capital over the past years,” said Mr. Abdul-Karim Salia, a cereal trader. “We are thankful for this training that has enlightened us on the importance of trading with written agreements.”
Participants also learned how cereals value chain actors relate to each other, how to counter aflatoxin contamination, and the importance of inspecting stocks at loading and offloading.
Since July 2015, the Trade Hub—in partnership with the West African Grains Network—has championed wider use of written contracts in the cereal value chain, with regional workshops in Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Togo.
A training-of-trainers workshop in August 2016 trained representatives of nine national cereal associations on contracting best practices in the cereal value chain. These trainers were tasked to replicate the training in their respective countries. Ghana kick-started its cascade trainings with a May 3-5 training workshop in Tamale, and will next host a training in the eastern town of Ho for about 60 participants.