Vocational agri-school in Ivory Coast

Education / Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast currently registers strong economic and demographic growth, with GDP and population increasing by 10.5% and 2.5% respectively in 2017. Agriculture is a key pillar of the country’s economy, accounting for 22% of its GDP. In this context, agricultural and rural education is a national priority, to ensure the local population reaps the benefits of the sector’s positive outlook.Ivory Coast currently registers strong economic and demographic growth, with GDP and population increasing by 10.5% and 2.5% respectively in 2017. Agriculture is a key pillar of the country’s economy, accounting for 22% of its GDP. In this context, agricultural and rural education is a national priority, to ensure the local population reaps the benefits of the sector’s positive outlook.

our Impact

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30

students

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30%

female students

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19

community representatives involved in the Management Group

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15

ha reserved for the school

Our work

The Foundation’s joint program with Louis Dreyfus Company and French association FERT is located in the northern part of Ivory Coast, in a rural area lacking educational facilities yet with available land. Through the creation of a vocational agri-school, the Foundation aims to educate young people to become farmers, thus encouraging their contribution to the development of local rural communities and the agricultural sector. The vocational education will focus on sustainable agriculture practices and innovative agro-methods – including production, conservation, transformation and valorization, equipment maintenance, and biodiversity, water and soil conservation. Meanwhile, the general education will cover economics, agronomy, soil science, mathematics and computer science, as well as citizenship, nutrition, hygiene and health matters. Through the active involvement of the local population, the program seeks to build a sense of ownership. Women’s empowerment is also a priority, with a minimum of 30% of school places earmarked for female students.

Key impact

A feasibility study for the project was completed in early 2018 and a suitable location for the school was found later in the year. A ‘Management Group’ was formed with 19 members including young farmers, representatives of farmer cooperatives and the school professor. The project has received warm support from the local community, with enthusiasm about the shared vision for economic development in the area.

About our partner

Fert is a French association for international cooperation for agricultural development in developing and emerging countries. Its purpose is to contribute towards creating conditions in these countries that will enable farmers to improve their living and working conditions and to contribute towards achieving food security for their country.

Project duration

2018 - 2021