Côte d'Ivoire has taken great initial strides to recover from the post-electoral crisis that shook the nation in 2011, yet significant challenges remain. Key among them are revitalizing the agricultural sector and addressing youth unemployment.
25% of youth in Côte d'Ivoire are unemployed.
Côte d'Ivoire is the world's largest producer and exporter of cocoa, and a significant producer and exporter of cashews, coffee, rubber and palm oil. Seventy percent of Ivoirians depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, but yields remain low and incomes are highly vulnerable to fluctuations in international commodity prices. Meanwhile, 25 percent of the nation’s under-40 youth is unemployed, threatening peace and stability in the resurgent state. The government has set an ambitious goal of creating one million jobs by 2016. TechnoServe is working in partnership with the public and private sector to sustainably increase the incomes of small-scale cashew and cocoa farmers.