Togo : Agrokom and JCAT, two success stories of PAEIJ-SP

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 16:51
Togo : Agrokom and JCAT, two success stories of PAEIJ-SP

(Togo First) - Launched in 2016, the program supporting youth employment and insertion into promising sectors (PAEIJ-SP) helped generate 35,000 jobs in agriculture so far, against an expectation of 20,000 jobs.

In detail, the program fostered the creation of 14,290 direct jobs and 20,940 temporary ones.

Agrokom and Jonction de croissance du Togo (JCAT) are two success stories that resulted from the PAEIJ-SP. Both produce, process and distribute soybeans and palm nuts. The firms benefited from a $3.4 million facility under the program and this helped them boost their annual production capacity.

Indeed, the first, Agrokom, which used to process 180 tons of soybeans before 2016, now processes up to 6,000 tons per year, thus creating 3,242 direct jobs and 8,505 temporary jobs in its value chain (supply, transformation and distribution).

JCAT for its part exports 10,920 tons of organic soybeans to the US, Germany or China, resulting in the creation of 3,203 direct jobs and 6,931 indirect ones. This is far from the 1,000 tons it exported in 2016, for about 10 jobs existing.

“The idea behind this project is to first identify small and medium agro-industrial firms or sectors with a high growth potential. Also, we wish to support the growth strategy of these SMEs, by building their capacities, financing them, and developing value chains around these businesses, thereby creating job opportunities for youths and women,” said the project’s manager at the African Development bank (which backs the project), Amouzouvi Kokou.

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