11 staffs from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Mozambique were in training from 5 to 16th June at Songhai Regional Center in Porto-Novo. Sent by the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO, they came to discover the Songhai green rural city model and strengthen their technical skills in fish production, a goal largely achieved as the trainees left with lots of ideas to positively impact development in their country.

The Republic of Mozambique is a very rich East African country with enormous agricultural potential. However, there are no senior technicians in the country with the skills to “effectively and efficiently” use all these resources to fight famine and poverty in the population. In response, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, in agreement with the Government of Mozambique, put in place a special capacity-building program for technicians in each province of the country. It is in this context that eleven of them were in Songhai Porto-Novo in Benin from 5 to 16 June 2017. They were mainly equipped with techniques of fish production and left very happy with the knowledge acquired in Songhai. They expressed it during the briefing session they had with the Head of the Songhai Training Department on Friday, June 16, shortly before their departure. Domingos Da Costa Xavier, a control technician at the ministry, explained in particular that training in Songhai was “essential” for them in that it was fundamentally based on practice. This is not the case in Mozambique where learning is mainly based on theory.

When they came to Porto-Novo, they had two concerns, namely “the technique of fishing fries and the production of fish food.” But they learnt much beyond in the training and expressed their gratitude to the various actors who made possible their stay in Songhai. These include FAO, the Mozambican Ministry of Agriculture and Songhai Center.


Leave Reply