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Value Chain Development

Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship

F&S promotes the inclusion of youth in (agricultural) value chains by using a ‘youth lens’ in value chain selection, analysis and development. What attracts or hinders youth to engage in value chains and what do they need to participate in the different value chain steps? We offer advice, support and tools to assess the role of youth and develop solutions to encourage them to take part in a specific value chain. We also evaluate youth oriented value chain programmes.

Recent Projects

Lake Ziway Water Hyacinth products pilot in Ethiopia – 2022-2023

Project management and implementation, with interventions in briquette making and handicrafts made from water hyacinth.

Consultant: Inge Baaijens, Blen Mezegbu, Simone Reinders

Catalyzing green business in Ethiopia – 2021-2023

Develop the Green Entrepreneurial Bootcamp and Green Innovation Lab curriculums in four higher education institutes in Addis Ababa for Reach for Change.

Consultants: Assegid Gedamu, Inge Baaijens

Employable Youth In Ethiopia – Woord & Daad, 2021-2022

Final Evaluation of the project “Employable Youth in Ethiopia” – youth employment and entrepreneurship.

Consultant: Peter Ton

EnJOY – Enhancing Job Opportunities and employability for Youth and Women in Ethiopia – 2021

Skills, Needs and Gap Assessment of Agricultural Technical and Vocational Training Institutions (A/TVETs) to assess the scope, policy environment and capacity gaps.

Consultants: Inge Baaijens, Fasil Abate, Jarso Jaldessa

Developing a Theory of Change for Youth Employment Interventions in West Africa – ICCO West Africa, 2019

Consultants: Victor van der Linden, Somaya Moll

Youth employment potential in agricultural and non-agricultural value chains in South Kivu, DRC – War Child Holland, 2018

Opportunities for value chain development interventions under the Dutch-funded ARC/IZAWEZEKANA project on peace-building, governance and youth and income generation.

Consultant: Peter Ton

EJOM Program Mali – ICCO West Africa, 2017-2021

Strategic advice on the youth employment program in Mali on horticulture and waste management.

Consultant: André Vording

Projects related to this service

PAC-PME: business growth support for Malian SMEs

This accelerator programme aims to support entrepreneurs to strengthen and grow their businesses, and to generate a better understanding of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the barriers to growth for young entrepreneurs in the context.

Black Soldier Fly (BSF) Farms

F&S developed a business model that supports young Kenyan entrepreneurs below the age of 35 to establish their own commercial size BSF farm.