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Yapasa - Creating decent work for rural youth

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Three times everyday, Charles picks up his fishing net and takes a walk across his fathers farm to take care of his new passion: fish. Charles Shawa is a recent high school graduate, who lives Zambia’s Chongwe district. After completing secondary school studies where he excelled in agriculture as a subject, he decided to add an aquaculture component to his father’s plot. Charles is one of 120 youths mobilised to get into the business of fish farming by local enterprises supported by a programme called “Yapasa” which aims to create decent work for 3,000 rural youths across Zambia. Yapasa, is a local colloquial term that means, It has passed. Aquaculture itself is a strategic business venture in Zambia, which has the highest number of water bodies in the region. Fish, which is an affordable source of protein, has also been on increasing demand in the country which has to import up to 30 000 metric tones a year. The Yapasa programme is a result of a unique joint partnership between the FAO and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) that seeks to empower young people to look at agriculture as a business.