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 - 2021
Financed by
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

The project

During the first phase of the project, Swisscontact conducted a study that showed that rural youth have little or no training and that they lack the information on training opportunities on existing business and employment opportunities in their region. However, once trained, young people have a real potential for inclusion in rural areas.

With FOPROR Swisscontact and its partners therefore accompany youths in the direction of enabling activities: agriculture, livestock, poultry, auxiliary veterinary, gardening, jobs related to hydraulic, rural mechanical.

Through trainings in line with the needs of their region and through quality support, the project FOPROR allows rapid and sustained integration of young people into the labor market.

Target group of the project: uneducated or unschooled people (boys and girls), aged 12 to 30 years.


End of 2019:

9,843 young people were registered for at least one of the programmes:

- Dual apprenticeship training in four training centres for craftsmen;
- Training centre for integrated agricultural training
- Training for professional perfection
- Initial vocational training
- Training in 17 vocational training centres

of which 5,716 young people (enrolled in 2019) have been certified.

25,612 young people have participated in one of the  programmes since the beginning of the phase (2017) and 15,059 have been certified.

SIFA (Site Intégré de Formation Agricole)
Un espace de formation professionnelle agricole et de production qui valorise les différentes potentialités agro-écologiques spécifiques au terroir dans lequel il est implanté.


Initial vocational education and training
Participants of the integrated agricultural training – where are they now?
Fatiya Garba was part of the first promotion of integrated agricultural training centres in the Dosso region. She has started her micro-enterprise for onion production a few years ago.
Creating Opportunities through Vocational Training
Ismaël Abdou, aged 24, is a dynamic young man living in Dogondoutchi in Niger. He was expelled from secondary school after failing the final examination and then turned to vocational training.