Côte d'Ivoire economic revitalization

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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.

Cocody Angré 7e Tranche
Ilot : 231 Lot : 2768
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Tel: +225 22 42 49 83 +225 55 51 02 29 Fax: +225 22 41 38 15

Youth Entrepreneurs Build Profitable Enterprises for a Better Future

Entrepreneurship presents a path toward economic independence for young men and women in Africa, particularly when formal employment opportunities are scarce, and the poverty rate among working youth is at nearly 70 percent. The Pan-African Youth Entrepreneur Development (PAYED) program will provide training and tailored advisory support to 600 young entrepreneurs in Kenya, Nigeria, and Côte d’Ivoire to develop opportunities in the micro-retail sector.

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Survey Results: Impact of COVID-19 on Micro-Retail Businesses

Read the results from TechnoServe's survey of 337 micro-retail program participants about the impact COVID-19 has had on their businesses.