83 agricultural entreprenuers graduate from Kwadaso Agric College

About 83 agri­cultural entre­preneurs under the Opportuni­ties for Youth Employment (OYE) of the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation have graduated from the Kwadaso Ag­ricultural College in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region at the weekend.

The beneficiaries, from Ashanti and Western Regions, went through weeks of intensive training facilitated by the College and extension officers from the Ministry of Food and Agricul­ture.

It was funded by the European Union and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ghana.

In 2022, SNV Ghana and Kwadaso Agricultural College, in partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and Ghana Education Service, signed a Memorandum of Un­derstanding (MoU) to train and award national general agricultur­al certificate to entrepreneurs in the agricultural value chain who had completed the OYE basic and advanced skills training.

The graduation ceremony, un­der the partnership, brings to 200 agricultural entrepreneurs trained to be climate resilient, sustainable and engage in farming practices that do not harm the environ­ment or adversely affect people’s health.

Mr Laouali Sada, SNV Project Manager, attributed the success to the solid foundation of effec­tive partnership with MoFA.

He acknowledged the contri­butions of the European Union (EU) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ghana for making it possible for the partnership to come to fruition.

By funding the Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana, popu­larly known as GrEEN Project, “the European Union is contin­uously showing its dedication to promoting the growth of green jobs and green businesses at the local and national level …and we at SNV Ghana are proud to partner with the EU to support job creation and skills develop­ment goals of the government of Ghana,” he intoned.

Mr Sada explained the project aimed at creating greater eco­nomic employment opportuni­ties for the youth, women and returning migrants by promoting and supporting sustainable green businesses, under the EU Emer­gency Trust Fund for Africa with €20,600.00.

He mentioned SNV Neth­erlands Development Or­ganisation’s determination to strengthen capacities and catalyse partnerships that would result in sustainable impact in three sec­tors- agri-food, energy and water systems.

Realising that the youth held the keys to sustainable devel­opment but lacked the oppor­tunities, Mr Sada said “we want to bridge this gap by using our flagship OYE programme which partners with public and private institutions to increase entrepre­neurship and employability skills for youth job makers and job seekers.


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