ENABLE Youth Cameroon is a development initiative that focuses on the promotion of youth entrepreneurship in agribusiness, within the framework of the Agricultural Value Chain Development Project (AVC_DP). ENABLE Youth Cameroon was approved as a Component of a larger non-concessionary loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to the Cameroon Government. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) is the contracting authority of the Agricultural Value Chain Development Project, whose 3rd component exclusively focused on youth entrepreneurship in agriculture and related sectors is called “ENABLE – Youth Cameroon”.
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) applies its youth agribusiness strategy within ENABLE Youth Cameroon, 3rd component of the Agricultural Value Chain Development Project. As of 17 May 2018, IITA initially agreed to lead and administer Youth Agribusiness Incubation Centers (YABICs) over 45 months, following its Youth Agripreneur guidelines (IYA).
ENABLE Youth Cameroon is implemented in the 5 intervention regions of AVC_DP, which are the Center, East, Littoral, South and South-West. The different locations in each region are as follows:
The strategy used by ENABLE Youth Cameroon is a youth in agribusiness model which addresses the issue of widespread youth unemployment and provides a platform that propels both young women and men toward self-employment in agriculture.
In fact, if youth is facing barriers to accessing opportunities in Cameroon, young women are facing greater challenges. Despite their important role in the agricultural sector and even with their gains in education and skills over the past decades, women still earn less than men, work at lowest levels and face constraints which affect their productivity.