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Enhancing Sustainable youth Employ ability through Agricultural Skills Development and Livelihood Improvement
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Topic 2.3.1 (RIA) Extending shelf-life of perishable Mediterranean food products
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Environmental Conservation and Agricultural Enhancement Uganda (Eco-Agric Uganda)
Environmental Conservation and Agricultural Enhancement Uganda (Eco-Agric Uganda) is looking for partnership to enhance sustainable youth Employ ability through Agricultural Skills Development and Livelihood Improvement
Though 78% of Uganda’s population is youth,64% aged 18-30 years are unemployed with 65.2% of these being women (UBOS, 2012). 80% of the unemployed youth stopped in primary and secondary level; with lesser chances for wage employment. Reports from ILO indicate that, 12% youth in urban and 3% in rural areas of Western Uganda are unemployed with females twice unemployed compared to male youth. Of the 40% youth that are employed in agriculture, less than 5% percent are able to secure wage-paying jobs. This is so because most youth engaged in agriculture production are subsistence family workers with no wages accruing to them making others shun agriculture as a form of employment. Brooks et al (2012); FAO, (2012)indicate that, creation of non-agricultural jobs may not happen in the short run, making agriculture a leading source of employment and livelihood. The “Agriculture for development report” further points out the enormous potential of agriculture in offering employment in the short and medium term (World Bank 2008).
In western Uganda, discovery of oil has raised hopes of significant economic upturn locally, and the creation of new jobs. The development of a robust downstream industry, which has the greatest potential to act as an engine for sustainable economic growth, is only possible with strong strategic governmental support, prior planning and training in requisite skills. The effects of the “oil boom” are already being felt, exacerbating existing social, health, environmental and economic difficulties, as well as creating new problems. (Hoima DLG, 2013,LEU baseline survey 2013).
The intervention will enhance skills development in the vegetable production, promoting commercial vegetable production; and strengthening social-economic capacity of vulnerable youth (15-28 years) with 40 (66.5%) of them being girls. These will be youth out of school most especially those that dropped out of school before completing primary seven, senior four or senior six. These are youth from rural sub counties of Western Uganda that are critically vulnerable (their households are food insecure having one or two meals a day, their parents or guardians cannot support them stay or go back in school and they earn or use less than one dollar a day).
DESCRIPTION OF YOUR ORGANISATION:
The Environmental Conservation & Agricultural Enhancement Uganda (Eco-Agric Uganda) is a Ugandan community member based non-governmental organisation (NGO) established in 2007 and legally registered in Uganda. (Certificates of registration provided as Annex). It is a human-centered local organization that aims at sustainably improving livelihoods of the critically vulnerable, absolutely poor less developed people in Uganda. It mainly works with the women, youth, children and the elderly organized in groups of 25-30 people; makes use of community volunteers and works through the existing Government structures. It provides services related to capacity building, research, and trainings in livelihood improvement sectors such as Education, Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and Financial management, Health and Sanitation and, above all, environmental conservation.
The project will work closely with youth in western Uganda to build their capacity through a mix of youth-specific training interventions to enable them engage in viable vegetable growing as a business. The project proposes providing youth with skills in the vegetable production, soil and water conservation plus social-economic trainings. Beneficiaries will also be trained in business skills (record keeping, and inventory tracking, marketing and entrepreneurship skills) in order to prepare them for self-employment. In addition, the project will provide beneficiaries with life skills training to enable them protect themselves and prepare them for living a fulfilling life.
During training, Farmer Field Schools (FFS)/Farmer Life Schools (FLS) and existing organisations demonstration sites (at the training center) will be used to enhance learning, where technical information about vegetable production and best agronomic practices will be disseminated to foster easy and quick practical learning. They will provide emphasize observation, discussion, analysis, collective decision-making, presentation and taking appropriate action while combining local indigenous knowledge with new concepts, and building self-confidence.
Certification will be done by the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT). Eco-Agric Uganda will get training packages and manuals from the DIT that will be improved to ensure it’s appropriate for the youth out of school. The training manuals and training center at Eco-Agric Uganda will then be accredited. Eco-Agric Uganda will support youth to undergo competence based assessments and certification of successful candidates. Principles of competence based education and training (CBET)to promote the skills development. After examination, youths will be supported to get worker’s PAS, while others will get UVQF level 1 in vegetable growing
The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area will devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth
The PRIMA programme is an Art.185 initiative supported and funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.