The rice value chain in West Africa has huge potential to create new jobs for the region’s youth. Young people in the region offer an innovative and dynamic workforce, demonstrating a high uptake of modern technology and the ability to take on significant levels of risk. CTA’s Promoting youth entrepreneurship and job creation in the West African rice value chain (PEJERIZ) project is creating sustainable entrepreneurial and employment opportunities for rural youths by actively engaging them in the improvement of rice value chains.
The PEJERIZ project is building and strengthening entrepreneurial capacities of rural youth, creating market linkages and promoting value-adding activities for rural youth in the rice value chains of Mali and Senegal. The capacity-building efforts will develop a pool of young professionals with the competence and skills to engage in sustainable business along the rice value chain.