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Workshop Report on Engendered Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato Project Planning, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation

The Engendered OFSP Project Planning, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation learning workshop used a hands-on approach to create an opportunity to develop competences, attitudes and skills among managers and senior officers linked to several health, nutrition and agricultural organizations in Nigeria to implement OFSP projects in the country. The event was held at Bolton White Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria, from April 15-20, 2013.

The event was attended by 26 participants and was based on a learning module adapted from IFPRI/ISNAR/ARDSF to respond to the needs of the workshop participants. The goal of the 6-day event was to strengthen the competences (knowledge and skills) and attitudes of African change agents already committed to the health and well-being of needy people in the target countries of the RAC Project, including Nigeria, in OFSP project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

During the 6 days, the event provided an interactive learning environment where brief presentations by the facilitators were followed by hands-on exercises that contributed to sharing of experiences. Participants were able to identify their levels of competence, i.e. the strengths to be reinforced as well as the gaps to be improved in the area of project planning. This included writing convincing proposals for fund raising. The results of this approach were very encouraging and promoted high levels of communication and teamwork.