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Without a focus on women, the African agricultural sector’s potential for food security, poverty eradication and job creation will not be realised. “Women in ATVET” is a new, gender-transformative component of the CAADP ATVET project that strives to transform women’s roles in agricultural production, processing and trade through skills development.

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Africa is the world’s youngest continent. An estimated 60% of Africa’s population is under the age of 25. By 2050, the continent will be home to 452 million people under 25. The number of young and ambitious people set to enter national labour markets across Africa is growing. In light of this trend, employment will continue to rise on the continent’s political agenda.


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Since 2012, the CAADP ATVET project has worked to establish functional agricultural TVET systems in six pilot countries: Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso. These systems are embedded within National Qualification Frameworks (NQFs) and based on the CAADP continental framework principles and guidelines. Based on national labour-market priorities, curricula were developed in partnership with selected agricultural training centres (ATCs).