KERALA, India, 4 March 2011 – Some 30 project managers working on value chain development initiatives in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam took part in a training and entrepreneurship programme, organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), which ended in Ilona Lake Resort in Kerala today.
The four-day event, titled “Analysis and Design of Pro-poor Value Chain Development Projects in Asia” was organized together with the State Poverty Eradication Mission of the State of Kerala, Kudumbashree, and with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Participants discussed different aspects of the pro-poor value chain development.
The workshop served as a platform for creative exchange of ideas among participants who face similar challenges of making value chain development projects work for poor societies.
According to Sarada Muraleedharan, the Executive Director of the State Poverty Eradication Mission of the State of Kerala, Kudumbashree, the “participants got ideas on how to creatively develop strategies that really make a difference for the poor, improved coordination and contacting and boosted effectiveness in the implementation of value chain projects at home.”
The workshop underlined the commitment of the Government of Kerala and Kudumbashree as well as of UNIDO to pursue opportunities of future collaboration in the field of agro-processing and agro-industry, the setting up of training centres and the development of training and entrepreneurship development curricula.
UNIDO’s engagement in India includes over 100 projects totaling some USD 50 million, focusing, among other fields, on agricultural value chain development in the ceramic industry and the bamboo sector and in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
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