29 Youths participated in a training on Agricultural Entrepreneurship in Songhai Regional Centre, BeninAug 3, 2015
Through the support of UNDP and in partnership with the Songhai Regional Centre and the Ministry of Youth and Sports in The Gambia, twenty nine (29) youths participated in a training on Agricultural Entrepreneurship in Songhai Regional Centre for a period of six months.
Songhai The Gambia, is a project based on the model of Songhai Regional Centre in Benin with a goal to sustainably reduce poverty, unemployment and food insecurity by tackling the root causes and deploying proven strategies for achieving large scale and lasting impact. One particular aim of the project is to create youth employment to stop the ‘backway syndrome’ of going to Europe by harnessing the vast agricultural potentials of the country.
UNDP’s support compliments government’s effort in starting the project to establish a full fledge Youth and Agriculture Business Development Project called Gambia Songhai Initiative.
Whilst on training in Benin, the students had the opportunity to have hands on experience in modern agricultural techniques and setting up viable enterprise. They had also the opportunity to visit former Songhai graduates who had set up their own enterprise and are doing very well.
At the end of the six months training, a graduation ceremony took in Porto Novo in the Republic of Benin. In attendance where the Minister of Youth and Sports from The Gambia, the UNDP Resident Representative in The Gambia, the UNDP Resident Representative in the Benin, the Director of Songhai Regional Center amongst others.
Upon arrival back home in The Gambia, the UNDP Resident Representative met with the students again and assured them of UNDP’s commitment to this great initiative. The Youths have been deployed for another six months at The Gambia Songhai Centre at Chamen in the North Bank Region as trainee instructors.