Project Managers, Project Coordinators, Agric. Extension Officers, Natural Resource Management Specialists, Environmental Management Specialists, Community Development Officers, Policy Analysts of Agric and Environmental Programmes, Agric Engineers and Rural Extension Workers.


Due to income growth, urbanization and change in tastes and preferences, the demand for value-added commodities like ready-to-cook food items and agricultural commodities are growing fast. It is well known that smallholders have more easily available labour than capital, and value addition requires more labour. This coupled with the rising demand for value-added food commodities, offers an opportunity for smallholders to intensify production of value added agricultural commodities thereby minimising post-harvest loss. But there are apprehensions that smallholders may lose on the marketing front.

Capturing the benefit of globalization and establishing agro-enterprise calls for a competitive, market-oriented production and service sector. This requires diversifying production to include value adding products and capital investment to modernize processing activities with a concurrent development of post-harvest support mechanism including normal and cold storage facilities, packaging facilities, agro-processing industries, crop sterilization and sanitation facilities to global markets.

This programme presents innovative techniques, methods and technologies for agricultural transformation to modernise and enhance best practices in production, processing, marketing and post-harvest management

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • describe the full range of activities required to bring a product or service from conception, through the different phases of production
  • diagnose the upgrading and financial needs of agricultural enterprises value chain and evaluate risk profits of attractive sources of agricultural credit
  • analyse the most attractive areas to invest in within a given value chain
  • analyse the chain’s economic performance and competitiveness
  • mainstream gender in every value chain intervention area for inclusive and sustainable development of societies
  • drive sustainability of continuous participation of all stakeholders in the continuous up gradation of the value chain
  • analyse market opportunities and formulate strategies for enhanced acceptance in international market mitigate post-harvest loss in agriculture
  • design an efficient transport systems and loading pattern for various agricultural products
  • promote the production of raw and value-added items of international- grade and quality
  • Global Trends in the Supply of and Trade in Agricultural and Food Products
  • Concept and Theories on Value Chains
  • Mainstreaming Gender in Value Chain
  • Economic Appraisal of Value Chains with Case Studies
  • Profitability Indicators for Agro-based Value Chain Companies
  • Obstacles to Overcome when Exporting Fresh Produce¹
  • Postharvest Losses, Maturity and Maturity Indices
  • Measuring Quality and Quality Assurance
  • Postharvest Treatment of Agricultural Produce¹
  • Postharvest Storage Sanitation¹
  • Addressing Decay and Insect Control
  • Transport Systems and Loading Patterns
  • Post-harvest handling and storage
  • Opportunities for and challenges in entering

1st Run: 18th – 22nd JUN, 2018 (ONE WEEK) | 18th – 29th JUN, 2018 (TWO WEEKS)

2nd Run: 20th – 24th AUG, 2018 (ONE WEEK) | 20th – 31st AUG, 2018 (TWO WEEKS)

3rd Run: 8th – 12th SEPT, 2018 (ONE WEEK) | 8th – 19th OCT, 2018 (TWO WEEKS)

4th Run: 5th – 9th NOV, 2018 (ONE WEEK) | 5th – 16th NOV, 2018 (TWO WEEKS)

5th Run: 10th – 14th DEC, 2018 (ONE WEEK) | 10th – 21st DEC (TWO WEEKS)

| IBADAN (ONE WEEK) | 150,000 Naira Per Participant

| IBADAN (TWO WEEKS) | 300,000 Naira Per Participant

| OUTSIDE IBADAN (ONE WEEK) | 200,000 Naira Per Participant

| OUTSIDE IBADAN (TWO WEEKS) | 400,000 Naira Per Participant