PROGRAMME OF PROMOTION OF COOPERATIVE AGRICULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
This programme has been designed to assist young graduates in the field of agriculture and other closely related fields such as business economics and management to undergo professional adjustment to become promoters of cooperative societies or development actors of 'second generation agriculture.” “Second generation agriculture' is a 'more aggressive market-oriented agriculture that should not only assert its raw materials production function, but also enhance and promote post-harvest operations to put on the market quality food products that meet international standards. This is also a competitive agriculture that asserts itself in new markets through a significant increase in the market share that it garners. It is also an agriculture that gives players a sense of pride because it becomes a fully fledged profession and earns substantial income for its stakeholders; enabling them to have a standard of living that has nothing to envy from workers in other sectors. Finally, it is a value-added agriculture, which develops the entire value chain to further contribute to the creation of national wealth.'
This programme has been planned for a period of five (5) years and its overall objective is to 'contribute to the promotion of second generation agriculture that is able to give a new impetus to the production, processing and marketing of agricultural, livestock and fishery products in an agro- industrial setting, contributing as such to sustainable economic growth, youth employment and poverty alleviation in Africa.' Three specific objectives are pursued through this programme. These are
1. To enhance the level of commitment and skills of young graduates in the field of agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry resources and the business economy and management sectors in the spirit of associative entrepreneurship in order to participate actively to the promotion of second generation agriculture;
2. To support cooperative entrepreneurship promotion initiatives for young graduates so that they may achieve their goals.
3. To contribute to the promotion of the cooperative culture within other young graduates every year by organising practical work placements in view of having at the national level a critical number of viable cooperative societies capable of participating significantly and sustainably in the improvement of macroeconomic indicators.