Youth Employment for Food Security Improvement in Northern Benin (EJASA)
The Youth Employment for Food Security Improvement (EJASA) project creates opportunities for young people and improves food security in the departments of Alibori and Antacora in Northern Benin. 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 provides opportunities for young people, increases the accessibility to nutritious food products, and contributes to social stability.
Started in October 2020, the project's objective is to increase income for young people, especially women, who work in agriculture by improving productivity through climate-resilient practises and adding value through transformation.
In its first phase, which was concluded in December 2022, EJASA supported 4,300 young people towards an increase in their revenue.
During its second phase until December 2027, EJASA will support a group of 12,500 young people, especially women, who have limited access to economic opportunities.
Employability of young people is enhanced, allowing them to benefit from commercial and economic opportunities in the agricultural sector;
Young people have adopted more productive and climate-resilient agricultural practices, more efficient processing techniques and established sustainable trading relationships;
Institutional environment is favourable and more inclusive: entry barriers to agricultural markets for young people are lowered and opportunities are created.