ECOWAS TRAINS MORE YOUTHS IN INTEGRATED AGRICULTURE Another set of eighty three young men and women from ECOWAS Member States will
end an intensive training in integrated agriculture entrepreneurship at the
Songhai Centre, Porto Novo, Benin Republic, on 29th October 2013, under the
youth capacity building programme of the ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development
This 7th edition of the capacity-building programme organized by the Burkina
Faso-based EYSDC will equip the youth with a range of vocational skills,
including on poultry and crop farming, baking, honey making and other forms of
food cultivation and processing.
This will bring to 520 the number of Community youths aged between 18 and 35
trained in integrated agricultural entrepreneurship at the Songhai Centre since
2007, under the EYSDC-sponsored programme.
More than 200 other community youths have also been trained by the EYSDC in
Building and Electrical Wiring at the Soufouroulaye Centre in Mali between 2008
and 2010, while another set of youths has undergone training in Air
Conditioning, Refrigeration and Motor Mechanic at the Burkina Faso’s Reference
Centre for Professional and Vocational Training in Ziniare.
In addition to the promotion of sports, the EYSDC is also involved in the
training and capacity building, collection and management of database and
network administration, collection of information/data relating to youth
associations as well as Information, Communication and Telecommunication (ICT)
Through these activities the Centre seeks to contribute to community youth
empowerment and employment initiatives, including the ECOWAS Volunteer
The Centre also promotes poverty alleviation and trains youth on the prevention
and settlement of conflicts and peace consolidation, as well as on development
and promotion of traditional sports and games.