AfDB Launches Young Entrepreneurship Training: “Zero Frontier Agripreneur”
As part of its strategy to Youth Employment in Africa (SEJA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) launched in Abidjan, a youth entrepreneurship training on the concept ” Agripreneur Franc Zero ” in the chain Agricultural value. The training aims to offer young Africans the technical skills to undertake in the field of agriculture and agribusiness, “despite the difficulties of access to finance.”
The training, which will be held from 20 to 23 December 2016, will be given to 100 young Ivorians by the African Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (FAFEDE). A total of 300 young people from the three countries – Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Madagascar – participating in this pilot project will benefit from this training, where they will receive a certificate and receive technical follow-up and coaching during 6 months for starting their businesses.
Speaking at the opening of the seminar, the Director General of FAFEDE, Desire Assipo stressed the relevance of agricultural entrepreneurship, and invited the beneficiaries of the programme to make good use of the lessons. “We believe with all our partners here, that agricultural entrepreneurship is a powerful tool that will allow young Africans to feed the continent and promote its development.” . ” You are the first class of beneficiaries, and your responsibility is great for the sustainability of the programme close to the heart to all partners and organizers .”
For her part, the Coordinator of the Implementation Team of the Youth Employment Strategy, Ginette Nzau-Muteta declined for young people the major sections of the Youth Employment Strategy Of the AfDB and reiterated its belief in the capacity of African youth to take charge. ” Africa is the continent of the present and the future and its most important asset is its youth ,” she said. The seminar, linked to the Bank’s “Feeding Africa” strategy, the representative of the Director of the Department of Agriculture and Agribusiness, Jean-Marie Meng Lihinag, said that 60% of jobs in Africa Come from the agricultural sector while the continent continues to import massively processed foods. He outlined the Bank’s strategy for transforming agriculture in Africa, which aims to develop value chains in the sector, both upstream and downstream of production.
In return, the strategy for youth employment in Africa (SEJA) ADB is based on three pillars of integration, innovation and investment. Promoting entrepreneurship is at the heart of each of these levers.