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FAO SUPPORTS SYRIAN REFUGEES IN STARTING AGRIBUSINESSES…

Press release…

Field activities have kicked-off with precautionary measures against the COVID-19 pandemic…

28 August 2020, Bursa, Turkey – Another round of vocational and entrepreneurship training is about to start in Bursa province to support selected Syrians under Temporary Protection and Turkish citizens in launching micro-scale agrifood businesses. The FAO project, funded by the Government of Japan, will provide useful vocational and entrepreneurship skills and technical support services.

The official inauguration of the project “Promoting Self-Reliant Livelihoods Through Employment and Micro-Entrepreneurship”was attended bylocal representatives of the implementing partner, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the district governorship and the district municipality.

The 40-day training programme organized by local partners includes both theoretical and on-the-job training sessions. Twenty women trainees will participate in entrepreneurship sessions covering business planning, marketing and accounting to improve their agrifood business skills. Local products such as pickles, tarhana (a special Turkish soup) and noodles will be produced under the project.

The project will also provide a set of basic tools and equipment to facilitate the launch of small-scale agrifood businesses – individually or as part of the Orhaneli Women Cooperative. These products will later be sold through another cooperative facility, which will be established shortly.

Photo: ©FAO/Esra Uzun

The project gives priority to unemployed women and those willing to start small-scale income-generating activities. In Bursa and Izmir, all the project beneficiaries are women, who will also receive entrepreneurship support from existing women cooperatives to establish their own enterprises. In addition, the project will provide childcare facilities for the children of female beneficiaries aged up to 7 years.

Trainers will provide beneficiaries with necessary knowledge including on gender equality, sustainable and climate-smart agriculture, and good agricultural practices. Local partners will provide continuous technical support and guidance on sustainable business development.

The training sessions will ensure precautionary measures against the transmission of COVID-19, including physical distancing and the use of proper protective equipment. FAO will provide information materials and necessary safety and hygiene materials and protective equipment such as masks, hand sanitizers, and face shields.

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