Local Project Partners
World Food Programme (WFP)
German Project Partners
World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)
01.04.2015 - 30.11.2016
In Zambia, Sparkassenstiftung has successfully implemented simulations for micro and small-scale entrepreneurs since 2012. A firm favourite, the Micro Business Game features a microenterprise that produces and sells orange juice. Using a simple accounting system, it presents the many different challenges this business has to contend with as well as the business decisions it has to make. Many people have used this simulation which is accredited with a positive impact on employment, investment and sustainability.
Aware of the good results achieved with the simulation, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) commissioned Sparkassenstiftung to train 20 agricultural extension officers as simulation facilitators at Mansa, Choma and Chipeta. Following a train-the-trainer seminar, the officers implemented individual simulations for farmers themselves before subsequently undergoing additional coaching for their certification course scheduled for September 2016.
Cooperation, which has since been completed, focused on customising local training to the farmers’ needs and on adapting it to the agricultural extension officers’ low level of economic know-how. In spite of various delays due to planting and harvest times, the project was deemed to be very positive. Today, a total of 45 certified trainers are available to train agricultural microentrepreneurs.