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Conference Name Delivering a Successful Risk Management Educational Program Overseas

Robin Brumfield and Burhan Ozkan


In 2011, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, USA and Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey, conducted a survey to identify needs, interests, and capacities of Turkish women farmers. We interviewed extension educators and female farmers in three villages, using the results to develop a pilot 28-hour course to train 40 small-scale citrus and greenhouse producers from Kumluca, Turkey. Training included computer literacy, citrus and greenhouse production, and business management. We duplicated the successful pilot program in the municipalities of Elmali, Duzce, Korkuteli, and Boztepe within the next 2 years. To expand the training to more women farmers, we partnered with colleagues in Germany, Spain, and Malta to develop Empowering Women Farmers with Agricultural Business Management Training (EMWOFA). EMWOFA had a multiplier effect by training educators who then trained women farmers to improve their business skills. The resource outputs of EMWOFA were a training manual for educators, a workbook for the women farmers, and e-learning videos in English, Turkish, Spanish, German, and Maltese.