On Saturday, June 05, 2021, a round table talk was held at the festival hall of Savalou, Benin, from 10 to 13h for sharing experiences on the topic “From university to the countryside“. It was attended by about twenty young participants from Bohicon, Savalou and the surrounding area. Besides the round table talk, the event included various speeches, presentations and inputs on the central theme. Thereby, a rich framework for exchanges and sharing of entrepreneurial opportunities was offered. The session itself began with a presentation of the day’s schedule, the welcome address by the president of the NGO Noukon, Mr Houngbedji Lebertaud, and the presentation of the NGO, which was followed by the main input of the round table.
Indeed, the expert, Mr Angelo Houngue, directed the participants´ attention to problems related to youth employment, gaps between training and the realities of the job market, as well as simplified strategies for launching an agricultural enterprise and for fundraising. Afterwards, a host of entrepreneurial experiences was shared by young women and men who had already set up their own business after or during their university studies. To crown it all, Mr Semevo Castello Zodo presented to the very enthusiastic participants the agricultural financing opportunities offered by several national and international organizations such as: the National Fund for Agricultural Development, the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), OXFAM, the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF), the French Development Agency (AFD), ALIDÉ, the IRED, the JICA, the European Union (EU) etc. This brief contribution further whetted the appetite of the young participants who did not hesitate to express in front of the cameras their desire to take action right after the closing of the roundtable. The last activity of this meeting was the visit of an exhibition booth for products derived from agricultural processing (fruit juice, snacks, etc.).
Afterwards, the round table ended with a ceremony of awarding certificates of participation and family photos.
Text: Abdoul Boukari