Inception Workshop, LASOONA- ASF Project
An Inception workshop was conducted by LASOONA in collaboration with ASF (The Agribusiness Project) Funded by United States Agency for International Development on December 31, 2012 in Swat. Project concerned personals like, persons from different fields participated in inception workshop, including Govt. line departments (Agriculture Extension, Research, Livestock etc.) Agribusiness Support Fund staff, local and International NGOs, LASOONA program/project staff, Farmers and farmers’ groups/organizations.
In its inaugural speech, Mr. Azam Khan-Executive Director LASOONA welcomed, ASF, Line departments and farmers for their participation in the inception workshop. He briefed the participants on previous project, which LASOONA implemented in collaboration with ASF. Mr. Muhammad Akbar M&E and Communication Manger- Agribusiness Project had a discussion on duration of the project, cooperative agreement, date of commencement, budget of the project, project goal and objectives.
The Project Coordinator LASOONA (Mr. Sheeraz Ahmad) had a detailed presentation on LASOONA-ASF project. The Farmers Enterprise Groups (FEGs) structure and criteria was briefly discussed, like FEGs will have past experience in particular value chains, Co-FEGs (Mix group), Geographical connectedness, identified value chains relation and having no political agenda of the partner FEGs. It was also explained that 70% male and 30% women are allocated in the entire project and these male/female framers groups will commercialize the value chains in national/international market. Afterwards, there was detailed questions and answers session where the participants especially the farmers asked about the program in detail and the concerned persons clarified. In the end, Mr. Rauf- Director Agriculture Research Institute in his closing remarks thanked the participants for their active participation.