Youth trained in agribusiness in Samoa

Samoa 13The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has organised a workshop to address employment challenges for the youth of Samoa and build the capacity of young farmers on agribusiness management

The training are part of a broader FAO funded project called Strengthening capacity of youth for employment and livelihood in agriculture, which aims to train youth to pursue agriculture as a livelihood and employment option.

“Employment for youth is a big challenge for Samoa,” said Tommy Tuuamalii, national project coordinator from MAF. “Young women and men need to develop the knowledge and skills to enter the labour market, and to be provided with additional supportive services to secure employment opportunities.”

FAO agribusiness value chains specialist, Shukrullah Sherzad said, “Through the following value chain approach, FAO is building the capacity of young farmers on production, processing and agribusiness management.” Sherzard noted that successfully managing a farm as a business requires farmers to know the value of its production, the income they receive from their farms and better knowledge of market access and farm management.”

Through the agribusiness management and contract farming workshop, FAO is building the capacity of young farmers on farm as a business management and access to market through contract farming.

The FAO trainings are part of the wider United Nation Youth Employment Programme, where FAO, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development – Division for Youth, are collaborating to build the technical capacity of young farmers and school pupils in various aspects of agriculture development in Samoa.

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