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Master Classes Flower Export 2009 in Ethiopia

Following the success of the previous training activities and upon request of the Ethiopian flower sector, CBI organised four Master Classes as a key activity of CBI’s 2009 floricultural training programme in Ethiopia. The programme was developed in close cooperation with EHPEA and focused on different aspects of flower export marketing.

In the course of the Master Class training series, participants wrote a concise export marketing plan. The structure of the export marketing plan was used as the framework for the special topics covered in the training programme: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), post-harvest and logistical requirements, market research in the flower business, getting the best price on the auction, and internal and external communication and client orientation.

The four Master Class sessions were organised in early May, mid June, mid September and early December of this year. CBI trainers included Milco Rikken (ProVerde) who was in charge of coordination and execution, as well as Dana van Hes (E4 Consulting), Jeroen van der Hulst (Flowerwatch), Maarten van Schie (OTV Wageningen) and Maarten van Woerden (Helicon).

The training series was carried out in close collaboration with EHPEA, the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers Exporters Association and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa.