Launch of the Rural Development Support Programme in CAR | Enabel - Agence belge de développement

Launch of the Rural Development Support Programme in the central african republic

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Bangui, 28 April 2021 | Enabel today launched the new Rural development support programme targeting youths in the Central African Republic.

The ceremony to mark the occasion was led by the head of State Faustin-Archange Touadéra. It was attended by the European Union Delegation, represented by Embassador Samuela Isopi, and many others partners, convening at the Hotel Oubangui.

The programme is financed by the Bêkou Fund of the European Union and focuses on rural development through an agropole approach; it aims primarily at providing prospects to rural actors and youths.

This Programme has three objectives:
  1. Strengthen and improve the professional qualification of agricultural and rural development actors and promote the professional insertion of youths.
  2. Increase the local production and processing capacities and access to reliable sources of (renewable) energy.
  3. Develop the offer of financial and non-financial services in support of rural entrepreneurship near multifunctional agropoles and at Bangui.
The Programme benefits the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Stockbreeding and aims to provide professional training services in this sector.

The project will work within and with 'agropoles', a specific set of actors in a given region that are functionally tied by their production, processing, service support and farm, stock or forest product commercialisation activities, with a view to strengthen and improve them.

Five agropoles are targeted, namely the capital of Bangui, the prefecture of Nana-Mambéré, Ouham-Péndé at Bozoum, Ouhan's central city of Bossangoa and the prefecture of Kémo.

A sixth agropole may be added in function of a local in-depth assessment at Boali, Pissa or Paoua. The Programme addresses youths who want to engage in rural professions. It will build skills with a view to insert youths and develop their community. This will be made possible by improving the quality of the existing vocational training system with a view to making it more attractive and have it better respond to real job market needs, but also by facilitating and/or creating projects that can generate revenues for learners.

Finally, to support local, sustainable and inclusive development, the targeted regions will be supported by providing access in three service areas: training, energy and support to entrepreneurship.

Enabel in CAR

The agency has been operating in CAR since 2019. It intervenes in 3 sectors, namely support to democracy, support to governance in mining and rural development.

About the Bêkou Trust Fund

The multi-donor Bêkou Fund was established by the European Union in 2014 to support resilience in the Central African Republic. With Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland, the European Union has engaged to invest some 300 million euros to help develop and stabilise the country.

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