Senegal wants to attract in five years, 22 000 young people in the agricultural sector

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Introduce 22,000 young people, at least 60% of whom are women, into the agricultural sector. This is the goal that will be reached within 5 years, the project Feed the Future Senegal Youth in Agriculture, thanks among other things to a financing of $ 4 million (more than 2 billion CFA francs).

A project to increase youth engagement in Senegal’s economic growth by acting on the lever of agriculture, training and innovation, was launched on May 22, 2018 in Diamnadio, Senegal.

Called Feed the Future Senegal Youth in Agriculture, the project has a duration of five years (2018 – 2022), with a budget of 4 million dollars (more than 2.2 billion FCFA).

It is funded by the US Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the International Center for Research, Education and Development at Virginia Tech, a American public university based in the state of Virginia, USA.

“Feed the Future Senegal Youth in Agriculture is a program that aims to create jobs and opportunities for youth, in the agriculture sector,”  told Kitty Andang, deputy director of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Senegal, to SciDev.Net.

Kitty Andang said, “This program is part of the second phase of the Global Feed the Future program, a US government initiative on famine and food security, which aims to reduce malnutrition and develop agriculture in the whole world. ”

Launched in 2010 in response to the global food price crisis between 2007 and 2008, the Feed the Future project is a flagship initiative of the Obama administration to fight hunger and food insecurity around the world, based on scientific evidence.

For this second phase, twelve countries were selected from among which, Senegal, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda and Senegal.

In Senegal, this project will be implemented in eight regions: Ziguinchor, Sedhiou, Kolda, St Louis, Fatick, Kaolack, Matam and Kaffrine.

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