The project on Promoting Responsible Governance of Investment in Land (RGIL) organized a Training of Trainers (ToT) on responsible land investment for 29 experts drawn from federal institutions, civil society organizations and investor associations. The training took place from 01 - 08 December 2022 in Adama, Oromia region. The training content covered topics unraveled during a comprehensive capacity needs assessment.
According to Mr. Christian Mesmer, GIZ Project Manager, the overall objective of the RGIL project in Ethiopia is to ensure that land investments in Ethiopia are productive, contribute to sustainable land management and respect the rights and needs of local populations, particularly vulnerable groups and women. Mr. Mesmer reckons that the capacities built will materialize at the local level, and thus assist in resolving land-related disputes and advancing responsible land governance.
Among others, topics covered during the ToT included an introduction to responsible land investments (RLI), conflict mediation as part of RLI, agricultural investment business management and extension services for large-scale agricultural investments.
Mrs. Hawa Mustafa, Gender Coordinator of a regional Bureau of Agriculture, stated that she gained new insights into how to resolve land-related disputes through consultation and mediation with regional governments, investors and local communities. She is further committed to putting her newly acquired skills into practice at the district level to enhance the knowledge of local communities.
Another trainee, Mrs. Tenaye Mengistu, Team Leader at the Ethiopian Investment Commission's Investment Projects Facilitation and Aftercare Department, said that the training modules will significantly assist her in supporting agricultural investment endeavors at the Commission.
The 29 training participants received certificates upon completion of the training. Speaking during the certificate awarding ceremony, Mr. Germame Garuma, Chief Advisor to the State Minister on Agricultural Investment and Marketing of the Ministry of Agriculture, encouraged the trainees to put their newly acquired knowledge and skills into action when returning to their respective institutions.
The RGIL project is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in collaboration with the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture. Funded by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the project runs from November 2019 until December 2023 and operates in two regional states (Amhara and Gambella), in a cooperation with government partners and local civil society organizations. The RGIL project is part of the Global Program on Responsible Land Policy (GPRLP) program aimed at improving the access to land as a core condition for combating poverty and hunger in rural areas for specific population groups, particularly women and socially marginalized groups. GPRLP improves the land tenure security of smallholders, strengthens the civil society and cooperates with the private sector.