Last year, over 200,000 jobs were created in the agricultural sector

Monday, 23 November 2020 17:38
Last year, over 200,000 jobs were created in the agricultural sector

(Togo First) - Agriculture, which contributes nearly 40% to Togo’s GDP, is the country’s largest employer. In 2019, 222,698 jobs were generated in the sector - 199,018 permanent and 23,680 temporary jobs. 

Alone, the sector concentrates 60% of all jobs created last year, according to data released by the National Agency for Employment (ANPE) last Thursday, in the 2019 report on Labour Market Information System (SIMT). The performance is attributable to multiple initiatives. 

A battery of reforms

Togo has established various mechanisms to foster youth employment in the agricultural sector. It did so notably through the Projet d’Appui à l’Insertion et à l’Employabilité des Jeunes dans les Secteurs Porteurs  (PAEIJ-SP), the Projet National de Promotion de l’Entreprenariat Rural (PNPER), the Fonds d’Appui aux Initiatives Économiques des Jeunes (FAIEJ), the Mécanisme Incitatif de Financement Agricole fondé sur le partage de risque (MIFA), and AGRISEF.

The country is also setting up agricultural hubs to accelerate its agribusiness transformation, and developing projects for agricultural mechanization. 

A sustained dynamic

Under the five-year development strategy it recently adopted, the government of Togo has given particular attention to youth employment.

According to PM Victoire Tomégah-Dogbé, creating jobs for the youth is a priority in the 2020-2025 roadmap of the government. Our country, Togo, enjoys peace and stability which allow it to adopt reforms, and accelerate their implementation to profit the youth. The goal is to create jobs for the youth and we think agricultural entrepreneurship is a promising niche.

Séna Akoda

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