NDFD Food Safety Training

The National Development Fund of Dominica (NDFD) in partnership with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) held its closing session and training ceremony in Marketing, Packaging, Labelling and Food Safety, on Friday January 31st.

Members of the Head Table

Members of the Head Table

The project was geared towards rural women involved in business enterprises, to include members of the Marigot Community Tourism Group, North East Agricultural Women in Development, the Northern District Progressive Women’s Club, Morne Prosper Women’s Farmers Group and the Giraudel Flower’s Group.

The NDFD is operating under the theme, ‘Striving to Promote and Support Entrepreneurial Success and Excellence’.

According to Mr. Cletus Jospeh, Executive Director of NDFD, the programme went through three process; the introduction of a self-learning guide, training and human development and application of the training guide.

“So we have evaluated the businesses within our assessments and we have come up with a few significant areas which we have identified as being needs for these target groups.”



IICA’s representative, Mr. Kent Coipel

IICA’s representative, Mr. Kent Coipel

It is hoped that in the end, these businesses develop into the type of sustainable business that will generate revenue and create employment along the way.

IICA’s representative, Mr. Kent Coipel, says the organisation’s agricultural contribution will allow for the empowerment of rural women groups selected, to produce a more equitable and inclusive development for selected Caribbean communities.

“Our intention is to strengthen agricultural contribution to the development of territories and to rural wellbeing by enhancing the capacities of rural women by promoting and supporting participatory learning methodologies to encourage group networking and leadership.”



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The workshop is part of an IICA project dubbed, ‘Working Capital Program for Rural Women Entrepreneurs in the Caribbean’ and is funded under IICA’s fund for technical cooperation.

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