Youth Initiative: Spotlight on the Phenomenal Success of Agri-food Transformation in Togo
Within the framework of the prestigious knowledge management event of the FO4ACP, organized by the PAFO in Kigali, the Network of Farmers’ and Agricultural Producers’ Organisations of West Africa (ROPPA) is celebrating an impressive youth initiative from Togo. The success of this initiative offers a glimmer of hope for similar initiatives in the region.
On Wednesday, May 18, 2023, under the international spotlight, the initiative carried by the Togolese Coordination of Farmers’ and Agricultural Producers’ Organizations (CTOP), a member of ROPPA, was presented to a panel of participants. The project, titled “LE SUCCES”, is an agri-food transformation unit run by young people, specializing in the production of juice from local fruits such as pineapple, monkey bread, and hibiscus.
This young enterprise came into being thanks to a participatory and competitive process. Following a rigorous diagnosis and the implementation of a capacity-building plan, the unit underwent a real metamorphosis. The support from CTOP enabled “LE SUCCES” to revitalize its transformation unit, improve the quality of its products, revamp their presentation with a more attractive labeled packaging, and strengthen its market visibility.
This remarkable success has a profound impact on other Producers’ Organisations (POs), as it provides them with a tangible model of support to follow. The results achieved by “LE SUCCES” are a dazzling proof that, with appropriate support and wise strategies, youth-led initiatives can transform into thriving businesses, thereby contributing to the economic development of their countries.
Agri-food transformation is a crucial sector for Togo’s economy, particularly for young people and women, who make up a significant portion of the workforce. These groups, despite their commitment, often face major challenges such as a lack of skills, infrastructure, and limited access to markets.
It is in this context that the experience of “LE SUCCES” makes complete sense. The model used by CTOP has the potential to help overcome some of these hurdles, by promoting access to training, infrastructure, and markets. This represents a significant step towards harnessing the potential of Togolese youth in the agri-food sector.
The success of “LE SUCCES” showcases the impressive potential of Togolese youth and demonstrates that, with the right support and the right strategies, they are capable of transforming their initiatives into international successes.
Communication and knowledge management officer