Improve the offer of agricultural and job training for youth in Mali
To provide sustainable solutions for food insecurity and to help Mali attain its goal of becoming an agricultural force, it is essential to have qualified and skilled human resources who are able to resolve concrete problems related to poverty and food insecurity. This proposed initiative will help improve the offer of agricultural and job training for youth.
The objective of the project is to support 6 higher education, technical and professional training institutions to provide revised and improved training programs to meet the major challenges facing agriculture in Mali. At the higher education and technical level, this includes the Institut polytechnique rural de formation et de recherche appliquée (IPR/IFRA) in Katibougou; at the technical level, the Institut de Formation Professionnelle (IFP) in Koutiala; and at the professional level, the Centre d’apprentissage agricole (CAA) in Samanko and the Centres de formation professionnelle (CFP) in Missabougou, Badougou djoliba and Yorosso
The initiative is led by the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences (FSAA) at Université Laval. In collaboration with the Collège Boréal - Alfred campus, the FSAA is responsible for the higher education component at IPR/IFRA and for the technical component. Collège Boréal is also responsible for the technical component at IFP, while Éducation Internationale is responsible for the professional teaching component.
It is expected that 600 students per year, including 120 women, will have access to the improved programs, courses and practical internships; 90% of teachers and 3 institutions (150 out of 167) will receive qualifications or a diploma; and 75% of the heads of the three institutions will improve their skills. At FSAA, thirty-five students will be welcomed into the program, complete graduate studies and return to their country with a wealth of knowledge that they will be able to share with their peers and future stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
The initiative is expected to last six years and will benefit from a budget of approximately $21,507,641 from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development - Canada, as well as from matching Canadian partners.