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PRA training for Malawi NPPO, 26th to 28th November, 2013 in Lilongwe, Malawi.

COPE together with FANRPAN organized a three day workshop in Malawi where the NPPO staff of Malawi were sensitized on PRA.This three day course took 16 trainees from the Department of Agricultural Research Services, Plant Protection Division through theory classes and practical hands-on training on PRA.


The course covered principles of PRA, sources of PRA information, Tools for PRA and stages in PRA. As part of the practical training participants were introduced to PRA CPC software as a tool for conducting PRA. In addition the participants undertook PRA initiation and categorization for bean seed from Zambia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland through hands on practicals and presentations. 

In their appraisal of the training, over 80% of the trainees said the training objectives were very good or excellently met, training program was followed and completed comprehensively, presenters were well prepared for each presentation, presenters had a good rapport, encouraged interaction and feedback, presenters explained training materials clearly, logically and effectively, lecturers used examples/illustrations to explain concepts and principles of the workshop, presenters had a clear audible voice during lectures, questions  asked by participants were adequately answered and the practicals were beneficial. In summary, 81% of the trainees rated the training as very good and excellent, whereas only 18 % and 0.6 % (1 trainee) rated the training as good and fair respectively.