IECD’s dynamic ‘Transform’ programme incubates entrepreneurs entering the food and juice business in Cameroon and Ivory Coast. The scheme helps young people set up food processing units and trains them to become entrepreneurs.
(Programme concluded and no longer supported by the Trafigura Foundation)
The Trafigura Foundation and the Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement (IECD) co-designed the TRANSFORM programme that supports aspiring entrepreneurs in setting up food-processing units. It also provides farmers with tools to develop their entrepreneurial skills and become reliable suppliers of raw materials.
In 2017 we supported TRANSFORM only in Ivory Coast. The programme, located in the town of Tiassalé, a rural area close to the capital Abidjan, offers a place for farmers to learn how to process food in the fruit industry. In 2017, TRANSFORM was responsible for the training of 20 entrepreneurs and 106 women and rural youth in agro-food processes and entrepreneurship. The programme also trained 67 farmers to be reliable suppliers of raw materials. Thanks to IECD’s support, 18 beneficiaries were able to launch a food processing activity and regularly sell their products.
As an example of the programme’s success, a producer of passion fruit was able to put the training into practice and increase his prospects for better incomes by expanding his business and adding extra hectares of passion fruit, cassava and corn crops.