As a way of strengthening Cereal Growers Association (CGA) services to the Farmers Service Centres (FSCs) through the Agribusiness Advisors (AA), Kuza Biashara carried out a one-day participatory workshop, aimed at equipping the CGA leadership team with the required training and mentorship skills to enable them to use these skills and influence changes to the FSCs. The workshop was attended by key staff of CGA including the Agribusiness Co-ordinators, Project Managers, M&E leads and focused on discovering the challenges & context in which the Agribusiness Coordinators operate and defining the design directions.
Kuza founder and chief mentor, Sriram Bharatam, hosted this workshop. 50 participants were broken down into five groups in an interesting and engaging way. The participants had a great time knowing each other and articulating their expectations. Kuza followed the principles of Human-Centric Design (HCD) to capture some of the key challenges of each of the participants.
“Mentoring is a brain to pick, as ear to listen, and a push in the right direction”
— John C Crosby
Kuza’s chief mentor facilitated a session where each group captured their set of challenges. He then oriented them on how to look at the situation a different lens, did few mock runs and gave a set of tools to them to structure their thoughts and come out with innovative ideas and solutions.
While everyone had their own understanding of the role of a mentor Sriram did a session to highlight the role of a mentor and with practical examples demonstrated how to do a mentorship session.
Sriram also demonstrated how a mentor is supposed to behave and deal with a mentee by not solving the problem but nudging the mentee in the right direction.
All the participants took a Mentimeter survey to express their one-word feeling at the end of the workshop and left for the day wishing everyone a Merry Xmas and a happy new year 2020.
CGA works with industry stakeholders such as agricultural input suppliers, financial institutions, insurance companies, output buyers, development partners, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and others to provide services to its members.