flyer26 April 2016, Kotagiri: EXCEED or Expanding Community Enterprise and Economic Development is the training and advisory program of the Non-Timber Forest Produce- Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP). An EXCEED training is scheduled to take place in Kotagiri from August 1-6, 2016. EXCEED targeted to support the work of NGOs, government agencies and community- based enterprises in the South and South- East Asian Region on further strengthening community- based enterprises with regards to sustainable resource management in rural, forest and protected areas.

The program has drawn lessons from over 12 years’ experience of direct work at the grassroots level with local organisations and forest-based communities on enterprise development in five countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Malaysia and the Philippines. Its approach and tools are derived from a diverse range of over 25 organisations and a pool of international experts.

Gooseberry being dried at a value addition centre
Gooseberry being dried at a value addition centre

The topics to be discussed in the upcoming training on August 1-6, 2016  begin with a discussion on the basic goals and framework of a sustainable and fair enterprise – the people, planet and profit concept. The sessions then include presentations and discussions on case studies of tribal producer companies, organisational and HR development, financial management and market development.

Such training enables producers to network among themselves and sows the seeds for future partnerships and collaborations. There is also a catalystic effect where producers are able to identify resources that they had long possessed that they were not aware of. Post training followup and necessary handholding is essential for first time trainees to get to stable ground. Refresher trainings with an emphasis on current market trends are also essential key to the success of trainings on community based enterprise.

More information regarding the various programs, including EXCEED, may be found on the NTFP-EP website here