With a booming agricultural sector, the Ivory Coast’s food industry presents a real development potential. Jumping on the bandwagon, IECD is training young rural entrepreneurs so they may grasp the opportunity to start a business in food-processing.
In the Ivory Coast, the ‘jewel of West Africa’, the agricultural sector is booming and the urban food market is growing. In this setting, the European Institute for Co-operation and Development (IECD) is teaching rural entrepreneurs food-processing techniques to help them contribute to the development of agro-processing units in the Ivory Coast, which means they can access new markets and jobs.
For young Ivoirians living in the abundant lagoon region in the southeast of the country, a career in food-processing holds promise. The IECD has been working on rural development in the Ivory Coast for over 20 years. The Trafigura Foundation also supports their Family Farm Schools (FFS), vocational training centres providing 13-20 year olds with agricultural techniques, so they can go on to become rural entrepreneurs. This TRANSFORM programme is the natural next step after the Family Farm Schools. Thirty participants get to launch and develop their own food-processing enterprise and six of them will be selected to join a specialised business incubator in a new business park. For the time being, a first training supported by local agricultural firms, has just begun.