To kick-start a series of cascade trainings, thirty-one participants from the Ghanaian cereals value chain— including nine women — attended a training workshop from May 3-5 to learn about the benefits of using written contracts as a best practice in cereals trade. Held in Tamale, Ghana, the Trade Hub co-organized the event with the Cereal Inter-professional Committee, Ghana (CIC-Ghana), a national organization for professionals active in Ghana’s cereals value chain, including producers, processors, traders and buyers.
In August 2016, the Trade Hub and partner West African Grains Network (WAGN) conducted a training of trainers with nine West African national cereals inter-professional committees — including CIC-Ghana — to help traders understand the value of written contracts and how to organize similar capacity building workshops for cereals value chain actors in their own countries.
The May training marked CIC-Ghana’s first cascade training in Ghana, following the August 2016 training of trainers. Two participants from the August training through the use of the Ghanaian local language Dagbani, taught the participants that written agreements standardize quality in line with regional and international regulations. When traders and buyers use written contracts, they can agree on important details upfront, especially regarding timelines for payment, transport and delivery.
“This training will help strengthen the inter-professional network in the cereals value chain in Ghana; with this training, we can engage in formal trade,” said Rachad Kadiri, President of CIC-Ghana.
Since July 2015, the Hub has partnered with WAGN to promote the wider use of written contracts in the regional cereals value chain to ultimately build trust between trading partners, increase the quality of cereals traded, ensure the use of grades and standards, and develop financial records to obtain bank financing.
The next set of trainings will be held in Techiman and in Ho, both in Ghana.