The Second Phase of the Food Security and Project Cycle Management (PCM) Training was successfully completed in Menemen, Izmir on 13 June 2014. The training programme was carried out and sponsored jointly by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Turkey (MFAL), Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and FAO.
Trainees from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan as well as Turkey participated in the two-week training programme at the MFAL International Agricultural Research and Training Center (IARTC / UTAEM) in Menemen, Izmir.
In the facilities provided by UTAEM, the participants were informed about soil, water and microbiology laboratories, greenhouse and pilot production sites. They were also informed about “Artificial Neural Network Use on Greenhouse Irrigation” and “Waste-Water Use in Irrigation” projects while visiting the greenhouse and project trial fields.
During the training programme, various companies including organic dairy farms, greenhouse centers, cattle and cow shelters, goat farms, canned food companies, integrated meat plants were visited in order to delve into production, capacity and processing procedures of important companies in the region. Izmir Provincial Directorate of MFAL was also visited and participants were informed regarding the agricultural production in Izmir province.
Field visits were accompanied by Prof. Philip N. Dearden, Head of Centre for International Development and Training, University of Wolverhampton, who gave 4-day lecture on Project Cycle Management and Logical Frameworks.