Author Emma McInerney
Following the Interregional Forum held in Cordoba, the EU BOND project gathered 20 young farmer leaders and trainers from 26 to 29 September 2018 for a Training of Trainers (ToT) on Farmer organizations’ performance, equity, governance and negotiation.
The ToT aimed to empower farmer leaders and managers to advance the scale and effectiveness of their organizations through improved bonding, bridging and linking capital.
The participants, coming from 14 countries (namely Czech Republic, Greece, Bosnia Herzegovina, Moldova, Romania, Croatia, Albania, Lithuania, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Macedonia and Bulgaria), successfully engaged in participatory learning activities, exchanged experiences and reflected on the values and principles for their organizations as well as on the importance of building a shared vision.
Participants analyzed the dimensions of organizational performance and collectively formulated strategies to strengthen performance, equity and governance. They developed their own individual action plans to apply the acquired knowledge and disseminate it in their own country. In doing so, participants will also help to catalyse and support the potential for networking and improved performance within their own organizations and communities.
Other topics discussed included the role of farmer organizations in being effective in providing services, as well as the importance of emotional intelligence, communication, negotiation and constructive dialogue for strengthening bonding, bridging and linking relations.