LOCATION

Ivory Coast
7 districts : Bas-Sassandra, Montagnes, Comoé, Sassandra-Marahoué, Lacs, Lagunes et Vallée du Bandama

LOCAL PARTNER

PEFACI (Family Farm Schools Platform in Ivory Coast)

PROJECT LAUNCH

1998

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.

Ismaël SAWADOGO

18 years-old, former student from the FFS in Toupah (Ivory Coast)

Family Farm Schools in the Ivory Coast

IECD and its partner, the PEFACI, have been implementing the Family Farm School program in the Ivory Coast since 1998. The Ivorian network of 14 FFS 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.

2017 in the Ivory Coast was marked by the organization of the program’s 2nd Inter-country seminar. This seminar allowed progress to be made on the drafting of the syllabus for the training of trainers at FFS and IFER and the development of a monitoring/evaluation process for trainers. Thus, all trainers will be evaluated in 2018 by one to three members of the educational and technical services. These evaluations will be carried out in a professional context: during the preparation or coordination of a session in the classroom or in the practical workshops (training centers’ gardens and chicken coops).

2017 results:

  • 164 young people trained in farming and breeding techniques (1 to 3-year course) in 2016-2017.
  • 541 agricultural entrepreneurs and parents trained in innovative farming techniques (1/2 to 1-day modular training).

Indirect beneficiaries:

  • Students’ families’ standard of living improves, 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 the technical and management qualifications of their employees.