ECOWAS signs €1.3M sustainable farming deal

The President of the Economic Community of West African States, Dr. Omar Touray, has signed grant agreements with 15 training centres to build capacity on agroecology in member states.

The total budget of the grant agreements funded by the European Union is €1,320,784.43 representing about €88,000 per centre and for an average duration of 18 months aimed at training 12,000 young persons in the region.

This was contained in a statement made available by the Commission on Thursday.

According to the statement, the purpose of each grant is to establish the framework of collaboration between ECOWAS and the recipient centre for the implementation of the programme activities in West Africa with the general objective of building the human resource and environmentally friendly system that will sustain and increase agricultural productivity and create resilient rural society.

The total target of the programme is about 12000 young people including men and women trained by 2024 in agroecology in the region.

The statement read in part, “Selected following due consultation and assessment process, the 15 training centres represent one per member state

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