The Programme for Strengthening Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Economic Integration of Rural Youth (PROGRES) aims to contribute to poverty reduction and food system transformation in rural communities through promote inclusive, equitable and sustainable youth entrepreneurship, notably through climate-resilient value chain development. It will enable young women and men to develop sustainable enterprise development in the agribusiness environment; ensure a conducive environment for these enterprises, notably through access to land, other assets, infrastructure for better production and market access as well as improve the capacities of stakeholders to facilitate food systems transformation.
PROGRES has three complementary and mutually reinforcing components:
Component 1: Rural youth entrepreneurship development. It aims to provide youth and women with the means to tap into entrepreneurship opportunities in agricultural VCs, based on production potential and market opportunities.
Component 2: Pro-poor, climate-resilient and nutrition-sensitive food systems development. It aims to integrate 75,000 households into climate-resilient and nutrition-sensitive food systems.
Component 3: Institutional strengthening and programme management. It aims to support the formulation of related policies including the “National Agricultural Development Plan”, laws and regulations, and to finance Programme coordination, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), knowledge management (KM) and communication.