Home > Progetti > Cameroon. Youth Development Programs for Integration in the Agricultural Sector (EFA).

Promoter: CNEFAC – Coordination Nationale des Ecoles Familiales Agricoles du Cameroun pour la Promotion Sociale
Duration: 1 year
Cost: € 20,000

Half the population in Cameroon lives off agriculture, a sector that has enormous potential that has widely gone unexplored and which could offer secure jobs for young people who, lacking other alternatives, are forced to emigrate to the cities with the risk of becoming marginalized. Yet young people lack quality training courses and are poorly equipped for this type of work. In light of this problem, families are increasingly becoming more aware of their need to actively participate in the education of their children. A need that gave rise to the “EFA –Family Agricultural Training School” networks in the early 1990s.

In general, the project aims at easing the integration of young workers into the agricultural sector by improving training programs in line with the “alternation method” of the Family Agricultural Training School (EFA). This method “alternates” in-class theoretical sessions with “on-hands” practice in agricultural companies and calls for active participation on behalf of the parents in deciding on and designing the “theory” and “practice” parts of the programs. The initiative intends to improve training programs for 240 parents in 6 different EFAs in order to make them better able to follow their children’s studies during the “alternation period”, technically, materially and morally-speaking. At the same time, the project allows for the creation of 6 experimental fields to be practiced on. Revenues from the sales of products cultivated in the fields will contribute to the continuous financing of the chosen EFA networks. This initiative takes into consideration 10 regions in Cameroon, particularly the three provinces in the Grand North- Adamaoua, the North and the Extreme North.

– 240 families in 6 different EFAs;
– 2,000 young people between the ages of 13-19.

Approx. 14,000 people in the concerned areas will indirectly benefit from the program’s activities.