Like Bafena, 114 female members of 16 Seed Producing Cooperatives in Ethiopia are couched through the b|u|s entrepreneurship training so they can conduct farming as a business.
Initially introduced to men and women members of these cooperatives in the Arsi Zone of the Oromia National Regional State, the b|u|s training helps to develop personal and entrepreneurial capacities and skills of farmers needed to succeed with their farming business.
As the German abbreviation of the international training approach indicates, b|u|s training enables farmers to “think and act like an entrepreneur”. It uses participatory training approaches and adult learning methods that lead to sustainable growth of farming businesses or small and medium enterprises.
By using b|u|s training, the Green Innovation Centre Ethiopia project, together with the Andreas Hermes Akademie, supports the farmers of the Seed Producing Cooperatives in their personal development, leadership, planning and marketing roles in their farmers’ organisations. The training is also a means to address gender issues, especially, to encourage and raise more women members to leadership roles in the management structures of their farmers’ cooperatives.
In 2019, another b|u|s training was delivered to the 16 cooperatives. This time, the focus was only on women members. The targeted training aimed to equip the women farmers with the knowledge and skill they need to become visionary and goal-oriented. It sharpened their basic business practice and planning so they can start or improve income-generating from using their farmland and backyard. This training had specific goals of improving the capacity, productivity and performance of women farmers. Consequently, these women can attain economic empowerment by building their entrepreneurial capabilities and enhancing the performances of their businesses.