Rural Skills Development support program in Niger

Swisscontact contributes to the improvement of the living conditions of rural youth in the regions of Dosso and Maradi, by the establishment of a training-system and the integration of trained youths into the labor market.
Niamey, Niger
Project duration
2017 - 2022
a project of

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

The project

Since 2011, Swisscontact has been active in the rural vocational training programme, in particular in the implementation of five education and training measures in the regions of Dosso and Maradi.

The aim of the programme is to provide quality vocational training adapted to socio-economic realities for girls and boys aged 14 to 35, in order to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need for their fulfilment, development and socio-economic inclusion.


Over the past ten years, the programme has contributed significantly to improving vocational training provision in the Dosso and Maradi regions. This has included the expansion of vocational training provision in both urban and rural areas, particularly through the creation and equipping of 45 training centres and sites. In addition, a network of specialists in training technology and youth counselling and inclusion was established.

The programme provided quality vocational training for 36 652 young people, 50% of whom were women.



Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion
The SIFA (integrated agricultural training sites): an excellent agricultural development tool
Located in the Sahelo-Saharan band, Niger is a landlocked country whose economy is essentially based on agro-sylvo-pastoralism, which combines livestock husbandry on pastures and agriculture on partially wooded land. Agriculture accounts for 40% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product and remains the primary sector for employment. However, due to the climatic and environmental hazards in Niger, this sector is faced with the difficulty of meeting the global supply and demand of employment. This is why, for several years, the development of the agricultural sector has been a central concern for public decision-makers and development partners such as Swisscontact in Niger. 
Sustainable agriculture
Facilitating Access to Markets for Young Agricultural Producers
Young people in Niger face problems of employment and socio-economic integration because vocational training is particularly poorly developed in rural areas. Swisscontact aims to improve the living conditions of rural youth in the regions of Dosso and Maradi by establishing training that meets the needs of the local economies and by integrating trained youth into the labour market.
Effects of establishing an Integrated Agricultural Training Site in Koona, Maradi region
The Integrated Agricultural Training Site (Site Intégré de Formation Agricole, SIFA) of Koona was created in February 2018, thanks to the Rural Skills Development support programme in Niger. Like all the other training sites in the Maradi region, the Koona site is under delegated management by the town hall to a local farmers' organisation called "Kishin-Zucci" (meaning efficiency of work).