Youth Employment for Food Security Improvement (EJASA)

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The Youth Employment for Food Security Improvement (EJASA) project in Northern Benin creates employment opportunities for young people in agriculture and improves food security in the departmentof Alibori (Kandi et Banikoara)) and Atacora (Boukombé, Natitingou, Tanguiéta, Matéri). The project focuses on horticulture, soybean production, and raising small animals such as chickens, and goats. Special attention is given to the transformation of food produce to increase value and shelf life.

Funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Benin, the project aims to increase the resilience of the populations of Alibori and Atacora through more productive and climate-resilient agriculture that increases the availability of nutritious food products, improves access to food and contributes to social stability.

Started in October 2020 with a completion date of December 2022, the project's objective is to increase income for young people, especially women, who work in agriculture by improving productivity, climate-resilient management, and adding value through transformation.

EJASA targets 4,250 young people who have limited access to economic opportunities.

Expected results:

  1. Employability of young people is enhanced, allowing them to benefit from commercial and economic opportunities in the agricultural sector;
  2. Young people have adopted more productive and climate-resilient agricultural practices, more efficient processing techniques and established sustainable trading relationships;
  3. Institutional environment is favourable and more inclusive: entry barriers to agricultural markets for young people are lowered and opportunities are created.

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