Gambia Horticultural Enterprises (GHE) is set to commence a five-week
agro-product marketing on-the-job training for young Gambians. The package is
part of the support GHE received from the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) to
provide opportunities for young people.
It is envisaged that this training can serve as an alternative to young and unemployed youth who may otherwise choose to travel to Europe through the ‘backway.’
The training will be interactive, intensive and highly participatory with both theory and practical elements, including classroom, workshop, factory and field work. The language of the training will be English, Wollof or Mandinka depending on the preference of the trainee (s) and the required materials for the training will be provided.
Moreover, participants will receive a stipend of 3000 dalasis for those within the Greater Banjul Area and 5000 for those from other regions. Upon completion, trainees will be eligible to apply for start-up support.
Reacting to the news, the executive director of the National Youth Council, Lamin Darboe, commended the GHE and the Youth Empowerment Project for the initiative. “This is a very good opportunity for youth who are interested in agro-processing, pest management and agro-marketing. The trainees will have an opportunity to learn skills and potentially benefit from a post training support,” he remarked.