373 youths from ECOWAS member-countries have been taking since January 13, 2018, a training in agricultural entrepreneurship at Songhai Regional Center in Porto-Novo. It’s an initiative of ECOWAS Youths and Sports Development Center (CDJS), in partnership with Songhai Center, since 2006, for the capacity-building of the youths in agriculture.

73 trainees out of 75 expected, representing 13 of the 15 member-states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). These are the statistics of the 2017 edition of the agricultural entrepreneurship training organized for the benefit of the youths through the Youths and Sports Development Center (CDJS). "An unprecedented mobilization," says the CDJS Youth Program Manager, Gustave Bayi Néya, referring to the number of participants to this 11th edition of the program, noting that the training planned for October 2017 could not be held in time for administrative reasons. For the participants, Gustave Bayi Néya recalled the main objective they should pursue: Learn, understand and learn even more to strengthen the organizational capabilities of their businesses. Any other objective, according to the representative of CDJS, could be a "dangerous deviation" for all the actors involved in the implementation of this program.

To avoid this, the rule imposed on all trainees in Songhai is discipline. The Head of Training recalled it at the official launching of this program, on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Justin Lèkoto told the youths that discipline is the key word of the training in Songhai and that they cannot retain anything concrete to significantly impact development in their country, without complying with this rule. He took the opportunity to unveil the different phases of this training, namely the discovery (of Songhai Center), the specialization (trainees in a given activity), and the defense of the business plans by the trainees, under the coaching of trainers. In short, for the one-month that this 11th edition of the capacity-building program will last, these youths from ECOWAS countries - with the exception of Cape Verde and Sierra Leone who have not been represented - will have mainly to consolidate their knowledge in gardening, fish farming, animal husbandry, agroforestry and agrofood processing. The term of the training is set for Monday, February 12, 2018.

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