PRA training for Zambia NPPO, 3rd to 5th December, 2013 in Lusaka, Zambia.

COPE together with FANRPAN organized a three day workshop in Zambia where the NPPO staff of Zambia were sensitized on PRA. This three day course took 17 trainees from Zambia Agricultural Research Organization 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 participants participated in developing a draft PRA for importation of bean Phaseolus vulgaris seed from Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe into Zambia.


This three day course took 17 trainees from Zambia Agricultural Research Organization theory classes; practical hands-on training on PRA; and a final evaluation was done at the close of the course. The trainers were Mr George Momanyi, a PRA specialist from KEPHIS/COPE and Dr Kenn Msiska, Head of Quarantine and Phytosanitary Services, ZARI.
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 participants were participated in developing a draft PRA for importation of bean Phaseolus vulgaris seed from Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe into Zambia.

In their appraisal of the training, 67% of the trainees said the training objectives were very good or excellently met. A similar percentage responded that the training program was followed and completed comprehensively, and that the presenters were well prepared for each presentation. More than 80% of the trainees were also highly satisfied with the presenters’ rapport, interaction and feedback, the presenters’ clear, logical and effective explanation of the training material, the presenters’ clear audible voice during lectures and the presenter’s adequate answers to questions and that the practical’s were beneficial.