Patrick Masarirambi - SOFIA project overview

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Patrick Masarirambi - SOFIA project overview

  1. 1. Strengthening Youth Employment Opportunities in ICTs and Agriculture in Southern Africa (SOFIA) Project Overview Patrick Masarirambi Executive Director Lulote BMEP 11/20/13 1
  2. 2. The SOFIA (Strengthening youth employment Opportunities in ICTs and Agriculture in Southern Africa) Project adopts an integrated approach that addresses both policy issues and capacity building activities 11/20/13 2
  3. 3. Project Overall Objective To improve Southern African youth livelihoods by creating employment opportunities in agriculture and rural sectors through ICTs. Project Purpose and Target Group strengthening youth employment opportunities in agriculture and ICTs in Southern Africa. It will support in particular Youth training centres and young farmer groups, to make more effective use of ICTs to enhance employment and business opportunities. 11/20/13 3
  4. 4. Countries: Zambia, Malawi and Swaziland Countries: Zambia, Malawi and Swaziland Implementing Partners: NYRC, FAFOTRAJ Implementing Partners: NYRC, FAFOTRAJ and LULOTE and LULOTE Direct Beneficiaries: At least 15 youth training Direct Beneficiaries: At least 15 youth training centres, 99young farmer groupings and at least centres, young farmer groupings and at least 300 youth in Southern Africa 300 youth in Southern Africa Indirect Beneficiaries: :ICT policy making Indirect Beneficiaries ICT policy making bodies, youth councils, development agencies, bodies, youth councils, development agencies, other ARD stakeholders (researchers, rural other ARD stakeholders (researchers, rural development associations, public institutions, development associations, public institutions, producers, etc.) in Southern Africa producers, etc.) in Southern Africa Planned Activities Planned Activities •Regional planning and evaluations workshops •Regional planning and evaluations workshops •Country Stakeholders Consultation •Country Stakeholders Consultation •Case studies on Youth ICT and agriculture •Case studies on Youth ICT and agriculture initiatives in Southern Africa initiatives in Southern Africa •Organization of e-discussions on the findings •Organization of e-discussions on the findings of the studies and on policy actions needed of the studies and on policy actions needed •ICT & business training sessions •ICT & business training sessions •Monitoring and promotion of ICT use by youth •Monitoring and promotion of ICT use by youth farmer groups farmer groups •Youth online interactions •Youth online interactions 11/20/13 Project Duration Project Duration The duration of the project is 36 months, The duration of the project is 36 months, starting in December 2012. Follow-up starting in December 2012. Follow-up initiatives will be identified before its end. initiatives will be identified before its end. 4
  5. 5. Thank You 11/20/13 5
  6. 6. Thank You 11/20/13 5

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