Humphrey Alumni From Malaysia Conduct Training for Afghan Ministry Officials
Hubert Humphrey alumni Shanta Nagendram (Tufts University, 1987-1988) and Khairuddin Tahir (UC Davis, 1988-1989), both of Malaysia, were recently lead trainers of a training and study tour for Afghan Ministry Officials. The ten-day tour brought 16 agriculture research and extension specialists from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) to Malaysia to learn from experts in agricultural development.
A former Deputy Director-General of the Department of Agriculture in Malaysia, Khairrudin was involved in designing the Malaysian agricultural research and extension component of the agro-food value chain approach of the workshop and field visits. Shanta, who is an international management consultant and trainer in leadership and negotiations, facilitated the soft skills component of the training. Her company, SkillFocus Consultancy, also served as the program’s local coordinating agency in Malaysia.
The training, which was held from November 19-30, 2012, was the third training and study tour of its kind to be implemented. Both Shanta and Khairrudin are expected to continue collaboration in similar on-going capacity building efforts.
Photo: Khairuddin (right) facilitates group work during the 2012 Training and Study Tour for Afghan Military Officials