PEFACI (Family Farm Schools Platform in Ivory Coast)
Meet Juliette, member of Ivory Cost’s Girls’Club – 2020
Before following this course, I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life. But, after leaving the FFS in Toupah in 2016, I immediately wanted to put into practice what I had learned. I started with a few crops and three rabbits so that I could have some income. I built my first chicken coop (21m²) which allowed me to accommodate 240 hens I very quickly realized that if I invested 60,000 CFA Francs (about €90), I could earn almost 125,000 CFA Francs (about €190) one month later. Two years ago, I started with 60 chicks, I am now able to feed, care for and sell 400. I am very proud of what I can do and I thank my teachers for having trained me and encouraged me to set up my own business”.
18 years-old, former student from the FFS in Toupah (Ivory Coast)
Agricultural training in the Ivory Coast
IECD and its partner, the PEFACI, have been implementing the Agricultural training program (AF) in the Ivory Coast since 1998. The Ivorian network of 14 training schools has trained over 300 young people since September. Since 2013, the network also offers a diploma course to CAP level for FFS graduates at the Training Institutes for Rural Entrepreneurship (IFER) in Yamoussoukro.
The great agricultural potential in the Ivory Coast, particularly in perennial crops, has since 2012 led PEFACI to develop new partnerships with local agricultural firms, from which 50% of the FFS benefit today. Their proximity to one another allows close financial and technical support to schools and opens up new opportunities for young people.
In order to guarantee the quality of the training provided in schools, the PEFACI has been contributing to updating programmes and training materials (production techniques, raw materials, management) since 2013. It has also implemented a new training programme for trainers of a part-time teaching syllabus (alternating classroom with field experience), and with personal coaching. The first batch of 11 trainers completed this training in 2015.
The year 2019 was marked by the opening of the first Career and integration guidance office (CIGO) at the IFER in Yamoussoukro. It was in this context that the 1st Former Students Forum was held in July 2019.About a hundred students and former students met at the IFER in Yamoussoukro to attend the conferences and participate in the workshops
- 378 young people attended agricultural training.
- 79% of graduates are in employment.
- 18 trainers received training during the year.
- Students’ families’ living standards improve, increasing their revenues thanks to knowledge transfer of the new methods and techniques their children have learned.
- Current and future employers (business, co-ops, etc.) benefit from their employees’ technical and management qualifications.