Technical Vocational Education & Training in the agricultural sector in Africa, CAADP
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), the technical arm of the African Union, coordinates the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Program (CAADP), has stressed the importance of Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ATVET): qualified workers have better job perspectives in African agricultural value chains and agricultural investments are attracted by a conducive environment. Both factors are important in furthering the promotion and implementation of the National Agricultural Investment Plans at country levels.
With support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) the project “Promotion of Technical Vocational Education and Training for the Agricultural Sector in Africa (ATVET project)” started in 2013. In a multi-level approach, CAADP ATVET operates at the continental, regional and national levels, where the national level is the central level for implementation.
In 2017, the ATVET project added a new module that focuses on women to enhance their participation in ATVET activities. The 12 ATVET and ATVET women countries include Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Togo, Tunisia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Uganda, Namibia and South Africa.
Since September 2018, GFA has been contracted by GIZ to support the project of ATVET and ATVET Women with a focus on country implementation.