The Family Farm School programme aims to promote vocational training for underprivileged young people, helping them strengthen local enterprises in rural areas.
(Programme concluded and no longer supported by the Trafigura Foundation)
The Trafigura Foundation supports IECD’s Family Farm Schools (FFS) and Training Institute for Agriculture and Rural Entrepreneurship, whose aim is to help young farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) create and grow modern enterprises in the countryside.
As a measure of the programme’s efficacy, 368 students have developed their own income-generating activity and the 115 students who defended their professional project “My First Business” recorded an 87 per cent success rate.
Moreover, all 653 students and 39 trainers have benefited from the continuous update of the training content and the improvement of the educational infrastructure hosting the beneficiaries of the programme. For instance, 10 out of 14 FFS in Côte d’Ivoire and three of the four FFS in DRC were able to provide lodging facilities, allowing them to host 97 students from isolated villages. Thanks to IECD’s programme, all the FFS can implement practical activities in experimental gardens and 12 FFS out of 18 have their own chicken coops.