OBJECTIVE 1
Allow young people from 13 to 25 years to work in the agricultural and breeding sectors.

OBJECTIVE 2
Allow young people from 13 to 25 years to participate in the development of their region and their country.

LOCATION

LOCAL PARTNERS

IVORY COAST: PEFACI (Family
Farm Schools Platform in Ivory Coast)
DRC: CECFOR (Congolese Center for Culture, Training and Development)
CAMEROON: 3 parishes: Kumbo, Maroua, Nkongsamba; 2 associations: ACOHOF and SAMACCOL; 2 federations: FEFAL and FEFAK; 3 enterprises: SOCAPALM, SAFACAM, PHP
26 SCHOOLS

PROJECT LAUNCH

1992

QUALIFICATION LEVEL

– CQP

– CAP

I was born into farming, but I saw that the school’s students had practices that were different from my own. Therefore, I decided to follow a training course with a view to doing even better than them. After three years of training, I started farming pineapples, papaya and bananas. I also breed pigs. I put into practice what I learned at school: keeping a record of my earnings and spending. Therefore, I always know if I am losing or making money. Without this, it is difficult for a farmer to save. There are people who are on work placements with me and I try to pass on to them what I have learned. You start the school poor, but you finish rich! Rich in terms of money, but also in terms of knowledge… My project for the future is firstly to buy a small piece of land to build a house, then to find a wife with whom I can found a family.

LÉONCE, 24 years

Student at the Njombé agricultural training center (Cameroon)

THE AGRICULTURAL TRAINING NEWSLETTER

Training young people in careers in agriculture

Although the primary sector in Cameroon and Ivory Coast dominates in terms of resources (respectively 23% and 18% of the GDP) and employment (50% and 62% of the active population), the training associated with it is still in the minority. For example, in Ivory Coast, the primary sector only represents 0.2% of technical teaching and vocational training, namely 200 people trained per year out of the 100,000 young people identified1. Young people from 12-24 years are particularly affected by poverty: 35%2 of them are not in education, employment or training3. The school and vocational training offering appears insufficient to meet the needs of employers and young entrepreneurs.

The agricultural training program is at the crossroads of these major challenges and offers a complete dual-apprenticeship training for young people from 13 to 25 years: it constitutes an opportunity in a rural environment and allows them to reveal their potential and find a place in buoyant careers in agriculture and animal breeding.

A RELEVANT PROGRAM THAT IS CONSTANTLY BEING IMPROVED

An external evaluation carried out in 2018 confirmed the relevance of training actions in rural environments in the agricultural sector. The surveys that monitored former students showed positive integration rates (self-employment mainly) and revenue generated by the young people’s activities that allow them to meet their daily needs.

2018 results:

  • 546 young people in training 208 of which in Ivory Coast, 304 in Cameroon, and 34 in DRC, 32% of which are young people women.
  • 427 agricultural entrepreneurs and parents trained in innovative farming techniques (1/2 to 1-daymodular training).