WORKSHOP A: Appropriate Technologies
Examining what agricultural technologies are the most appropriate for use in Liberia and discussing how they can be manufactured and purchased locally. The discussion will include how methods like the treadle pump and drip irrigation system can be used in increase yields, and how machines such as the cassava grinder and palm nut press can be used to maximize the percentage of value-added product which is produced.
WORKSHOP B: Increasing your yield through simple affordable methods.
Discussing how irrigation systems should actually be installed and operated as well as looking at how very easy changed in farming methods such properly choosing the location of a farmer’s field and planting seeds proper distances from each other can greatly increase the crop yield.
WORKSHOP C: Animal Husbandry
Various experts discussing a variety of different animals that have great market potential in Liberia, including chickens, sheep, goats, grasscutters and pigs. Experts will discuss how to get started, what type of environment is most suitable, as well as proper care and feeding of the animals.
WORKSHOP D: Bringing your goods to Market – storage and working with the middleman.
This workshop will discuss how to best store crops once harvested, how and when to transport them to the market, and how smallholder farmers can organize themselves to get better prices.
WORKSHOP A: How to deal with the refuse of food processing
A unique look at how a business solution can be found for what would otherwise be the expense of having to get rid of the refuse left over after food processing. Examining how that waste product can be used either in its existing state or by further adding value to it in order to sell it for cooking fuel, animal feed or human consumption.
WORKSHOP B: How to process fruit juice
How to take the abundant resource of fruit and add value to it by manufacturing it into juice. The workshop will explain what equipment is required, what ingredients and methods are needed for the process, and what health and safety measures should be followed.
WORKSHOP C: How to process nuts
This workshop will look at what is needed to take nuts in their raw form and add value by processing them. The technology to shell nuts will be demonstrated as well as methods for roasting them.
WORKSHOP D: Sanitation and packaging
This workshop will build on the previous three workshops by examining how different types of solid and liquid food products can be packaged in an attractive and sanitary way. There will be discussion of how to acquire the materials needed, as well as what information should be included on food packages.
WORKSHOP A: Business Ethics – How it can shape your business
Business ethics are central to how a business operates. This workshop will examine how worldview and integrity come together to influence how entrepreneurs behave – and succeed - in the modern marketplace.
WORKSHOP B: Leadership Development & Personnel – Employees can make or break your business
Employees will make or break your business, and no businessperson can do it all on their own. This workshop will examine how investing in employees can bring up leaders within your employees for the benefit of everyone involved.
WORKSHOP C: Micro insurance – A Necessity for all business owners
If a business is to survive short-term crises for longevity, micro insurance is a necessary precaution to take. This workshop will discuss the new concept of micro insurance and will examine how it can be implemented.
WORKSHOP D: Marketing and Sales Techniques
This workshop will demonstrate how marketing and sales techniques are your business’ first way your potential clients will see your business, and will be the influence on them to do business with you. Discussion of the different types of marketing will be covered, including billboard & flyer advertising, radio & television ads, in person sales techniques and more.