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The agribusiness sector: a great potential for youth employment in Côte d’Ivoire

The Government and the FAO are convinced of the great potentials of aquaculture activities and the cassava value chain

11 February 2015, Abidjan - Bringing the youth and the land together is one of the motives that encouraged the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund, which is managed by the FAO, to give the green light for a sub-regional project for West Africa which is aimed at developing better employment opportunities for the youth in the sub-region through sustainable aquaculture activities and cassava cultivation.

Côte d’Ivoire, together with Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria and Senegal, is one of the beneficiaries of this USD 3,955,000 project signed in Malabo in June 2014 parallel to the African Union Summit.

At the official opening of the workshop to launch the project on the “Creation of job opportunities for the youth in the food business sector through aquaculture systems and sustainable cassava value chains  in West Africa,” the Director-General  for Food  Production and Food Security, Bredoumy Kouassi Soumaila Traoré,  called on national institutions, producer organizations and all concerned parties to get involved in the implementation of the project in order to achieve concrete results.

The Roadmap of the “Youth” project

During the implementation phase, the project strategy will be to develop an approach for the promotion of jobs in the aquaculture and cassava value chains. It also seeks to engage in regional and national multiparty policy dialogues on the creation of jobs for the youth within the aquaculture and cassava value chains.

“It is expected that the project will also have an impact at the household level because benefits will be shared within families, and at the community level through the secondary fallouts,” said Mr. Germain Dasylva, the FAO Representative in Côte d’Ivoire.

Another important step of the proposed roadmap will be to build the technical and institutional capacities necessary for the implementation of the project at the national and regional levels.

Between the aquaculture resources and the tuber crop, the complementarities are obvious, from the nutritional and the food security  points of view, cassava is a good source of energy in the human diet, while the produce from aquaculture: fish, is a rich source of protein and various minerals. Moreover, the residue from the tuber crop contains additional sources of food for the fishes.

“The symbiosis of the two products on our farms is a valuable asset that can be exploited  to develop agribusiness activities, which are sources of employment and revenue for the young men and women of our country’’, confirmed Mr. Nathaniel Hishamunda, Principal Officer in charge of Aquaculture Economics, Policy and Planning at the FAO.   

Africa needs African solidarity 

Since its inception, the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF) has already supported projects in Mali, Malawi, Niger, Ethiopia, Central African Republic and Sudan, with a special focus on building the resilience of rural communities which are victims of conflicts, reducing rural poverty through job creation for the youth and developing best practices for the intensification of agricultural and animal production.

The Fund which is managed by the FAO in partnership with key stakeholders, aims at creating a pool of resources from the strongest economies in Africa and using them for the benefit of the whole continent, by financing mainly initiatives under the African Union Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP). This calls for urgent efforts from all stakeholders.

The Fund is governed by a Steering Committee currently made up of Representatives from Equatorial Guinea, Angola, the Chairperson of the African Group, the Chairperson of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa, the African Union and the FAO Secretariat.           

Links :

- http://www.fao.org/resources/infographics/infographics-details/en/c/236999/ (en anglais seulement)

- http://www.fao.org/news/story/fr/item/237151/icode/ (En marge de Malabo, Sommet AU, juin 2014).

Contact:

Bureau de la FAO en Côte d’Ivoire | FAO-Cote-DIvoire (FAOCI) fao-ci@fao.org

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