Agricultural Training in Angola
Local partner:Salesians of Don Bosco SDB
Background: The Government of Angola has recently developed a rural area known as Zang, giving it a school, a permanent medical dispensary and a technical school of agriculture. Nevertheless, the nearby town of Ndalatando is totally devoid of local food sources. This represents an enormous market opportunity for any type of agro-business since food products are currently being imported at a cost inaccessible to the majority of the population. Taking into account its closeness to Luanda, the capital of the country, Ndalatando represents a promising economic potential if its agriculture can be improved.
Objective: The project is designed to improve the living conditions in and around Ndalatando, fomenting the return (especially of the young) to agriculture. It will reach 18-to-25 year olds with technical training courses in agriculture proving pilot plots of new crops and a set up of services for the transformation and commercialization of agricultural products. The project also includes the creation of a community centre for the area. Within one year, the pilot program of young farmers will—in their turn— be capable of promoting farming among the other young people of the region. The women in the local towns will participate in product marketing and be able to afford the locally-produced foods for their families.
-15 young people between 18 and 25 years old who in the period of one year will be the first pilot group of the formation, then it will be them -in their turn-promoters of the project among the other young people of the zone.
-150 people who live in the local aldeas, the majority are women who have families, who participate in the formation to improve the agricultural production and who could in this way begin the activity of commercialization of the products.
-The population of the rural zone around Ndalatando which will benefit the personal capacity to assess the agricultural production.