“Empowering Primary School Drop-Outs in Sustainable Agriculture”
“Empowering Primary School Drop-Outs in Sustainable Agriculture”

The overall objective of the project is to empower primary school drop-outs, who are mainstream drop-outs through skills acquisitions in sustainable agriculture and to promote their professional and social integration.

Competency development of young adults inadaptable in formal schooling is a major objective of this project with a view to their economic and social integration through sustainable agriculture.
We want to provide 50 school drop-outs with a work environment conducive to their training in eco-friendly agriculture techniques. The promoter of this project, Maison Familiale Rurale du Nord (MFRN) has been operating for the last 15 years in the field of training for young marginalised adults and has currently one site at Calebasses where the rehabilitation program will be implemented. Training will emphasise on work skills and work habits in activities such as soil preparation, planting, crop treatment, use and preparation of compost, handling and storing crops, packaging for marketing and other related activities. Crops produced such as aromatic herbs and vegetables will respect the biodiversity of the island and help the struggle against food crisis. AREU has already proposed a list of local breeds of crops and fruit trees. Furthermore, it is a well known fact that safe agricultural activities are a good occupation for such young adults as these activities are suited to their capacities, help them to improve various skills and is protective to their health.

MFRN caters for young women and men (14 to 18 years old) who have shown inadaptability to normal schooling. These people have specific difficulties for learning skills. Without proper training, these difficulties will worsen and the young adults will increase the burden on their family and society at large. However, with appropriate care and training, these young adults can master professional and social skills which will help them to integrate the society. They can also get and hold a job in normal setting and work along with co-workers and earn a salary.

In the two coming years, MFRN aims to provide training for 50 such vulnerable young women and men in safe agriculture. The expected results are:-
• Access to quality training in safe agriculture for these young adults.
• Employment for trained men and women on competitive labour market in the agricultural sector

The total cost of the project is Rs.1355 908. Request to the GEF SGP is Rs. 986 643. Rs 369 265 of co-funding will come from MFRN in kind and its partners in cash.
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Project Snapshot

Maison Familiale Rurale du Nord
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 31,056.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 4,721.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 54,127.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed

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Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
Both male and female young adults
Notable Community Participation
During the project planning and design phase, AREU will be involved in the soil preparation, choice of crops and training of teacher trainers in techniques of sustainable agriculture. MFRN, with the help of FORENA and other specialised bodies will be involved in the soil analysis, good practice certification and training of MFRN staff. These organisations will continue to monitor the activities during the project implementation. In October 2010, MFRN will officially launch the “Empowering Primary School Drop-Outs in Sustainable Agriculture” at Calebasse. Officials of Ministries concerned (Agriculture, Social Security, Health and Land) will be invited as well as Managers from Tourists Hotels and supermarkets. During the launching, MFRN will plead for an active participation and support of the community in the project. Hotels and supermarkets will be encouraged to buy the agricultural products of MFRN labelled “Agriculture Biologique”. People in the community, hotels and managers of supermarkets will be very important in the monitoring and the evaluation of the project effectiveness and its impact. MFRN will ask for their feed back on the quality of the products, the mode of packaging and the marketing method.


Part of the funding i.e. US $ 1015 comes from RAFOP4 Yr 1 funds

Grantee Contact

Mr. Tapeshwar Ghurburrun


Balisage Road
Calebasse ,

SGP Country office contact

Mrs. Pamela Bapoo-Dundoo
(230) 213 53 84
(230) 212 14 11


2nd Floor, Sugar Industry Pension Fund Building, 1 Remy Ollier Street
Port Louis, Mauritius

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