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The World Poultry Foundation launches first
financial workshop for poultry producers in South Africa

The five-day workshop, sponsored by WPF and financially supported by USDA,
was held in Mokopane, Limpopo Province from August 20-24, 2018.

CONTACT:
Richard Fritz
Managing Director
info@worldpoultryfoundation.org

World Poultry Foundation Financial Workshop
Annie Baptiste trains poultry producers in South Africa on a range of topics in finance as part of the World Poultry Foundation’s first financial workshop

Stone Mountain, Georgia. – With a goal of training 200 poultry producers in record-keeping and financial management, and teaching them how to create financial documents to apply for bank loans, the World Poultry Foundation (WPF) successfully hosted the first of a planned series of financial workshops, Aug. 20-24, 2018, for small and mid-sized disadvantaged South African poultry producers.

Management consulting firm Franchising Plus of Pretoria coordinated the recent workshop, with the support of NedBank, the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and Limpopo provincial agricultural staff. Officials from DAFF and the provincial government observed all financial presentations.

The city of Mokopane provided the venue for the training, which also was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

WPF Managing Director Richard Fritz attended the five-day workshop.

“The workshop was limited to 25 producers to increase interaction and to allow participants one-on-one assistance with questions,” Fritz said. “In addition to learning more about general accounting and management practices, farmers utilized their own production records and income and expense information to establish balance sheets and cost and income projections for their own operations.”

Franchising Plus instructor Annie Baptiste led the training sessions, and received high marks from Fritz.

“Annie Baptiste had all participants engaged, laughing, working together, discussing their own operations, and sharing stories about the good and bad of the financial issues on their own farms,” Fritz said, “We did not lose a single participant in five days of the workshop.”

After each day’s training, workbooks were revised for the next day based on specific feedback from attendees. Although the written training materials were not poultry-specific, Baptiste included poultry in every aspect of the workshop.

“The morale created in this environment kept people excited to work out the accounting and record keeping tasks presented to them.” Fritz said.

At the end, Baptiste provided workbooks and other materials to DAFF and provincial agriculture officials so they could be prepared to assist local producers if they encountered problems with record-keeping.

In an evaluation, the farmers rated the training highly, Fritz said. Participants were particularly complimentary of presentations by NedBank on what banks look for in loan applications, and on its explanation of several government programs that could assist poultry producers.

DAFF also organized visits to local poultry farms during the week, and producers also toured a small-scale abattoir, he said.

Next January, Fritz said that WPF will organize a follow-up event with each farmer to evaluate how well they have maintained their production and expense records, and if they have been utilizing the financial tools presented to them.

About World Poultry Foundation

The World Poultry Foundation (WPF) is a non-profit organization committed promoting economic development in emerging markets outside of the U.S. by providing education and technical training on poultry production. For more information, visit worldpoultryfoundation.org.

Photo cutline: Annie Baptiste trains poultry producers in South Africa on a range of topics in finance as part of the World Poultry Foundation’s first financial workshop.

 

 

 

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The World Poultry Foundation and Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations collaborate to improve
hatchery production, biosecurity in Viet Nam

 

CONTACT:
Richard Fritz
Managing Director
info@worldpoultryfoundation.org

 

Vu Van Anh World Poultry Foundation
Mr. Vu Van Anh at his new egg fumigation cabinet.

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CONTACT:
Ashley Wiskirchen
Communications Specialist
info@worldpoultryfoundation.org

 

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CONTACT:
Ashley Wiskirchen
Communications Specialist
info@worldpoultryfoundation.org

 

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World Poultry Foundation

Builds on Partnerships in South Africa

 

CONTACT:
Ashley Wiskirchen
Communications Specialist
info@worldpoultryfoundation.org

 

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CONTACT:
Leah Cochran Mulcahy
USA Poultry & Egg Export Council
770.413.0006
lmulcahy@usapeec.org

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