We are delighted to be able to help the European Institute for Co-operation and Development (IECD) provide tailor-made training programmes to allow young rural West Africans to reach their full potential.
Micro business units are big business in West African, representing 75% of the workforce in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Cameroon and the Ivory Coast. Yet local entrepreneurs all too often lack the management skills necessary to build a sustainable future.
In January 2013 the Trafigura Foundation made a three-year commitment to support the IECD in these West African rural communities to give young people the tools to set up and sustain rural enterprises and, in doing so, improve their social and economic welfare.
One of the initiatives we support is Family Farm Schools (FFS). These rural centers for vocational training provide young people (13-20 year olds) with three years' technical training in agricultural techniques so they can go on to become small rural entrepreneurs.
In the school year 2013-2014, more than 1,500 young people were trained in rural professions.