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WFP’s logistics team held a workshop for cooperative members in the departments of Jinotega, Matagalpa and Estelí. The training focused on the handling and storage of foods in their warehouses.
The purpose of the workshop was to strengthen the knowledge of the cooperative members on the steps to take in the storage of grains in the warehouses of their organizations. Cooperatives that are participants in WFP's "Purchase for Progress-P4P" initiatives, use their warehouses as storage centers for local produce. Maintaining food storage standards which include proper loading, adequate light and ventilation, elimination of moisture, among other things, ensures that the organizations can get the best market price for their goods. The workshop was held in the municipality of Condega, Estelí. The 18 participants shared personal experiences about stowage, losses, cleaning techniques, inventory, shipping and pest control. This created an environment that allowed the participants to not only learn from WFP but also from each other.