How The EIT Funded AGAPE Project can help tackle poverty and malnutrition

Read how the AGAPE project can contribute to what Bernadette Tosan Fregene and Agness Chileya describe as “Eradicating poverty by nurturing the youth in aquaculture technologies”.
African fish market
10 November, 2022
By Bert Popping

In their article “Eradicating poverty by nurturing the youth in aquaculture technologies” Bernadette Tosan Fregene and Agness Chileya point out that young people form the largest segment of the population in Africa. They suggest that “empowering youth to take the lead in elevating the aquaculture sector to greater heights has great potential in contributing toward breaking the persistent cycle of poverty, especially in developing countries”, and further that “through livelihood education, youth can enhance their employability, obtain sustainable livelihoods and stimulate entrepreneurial activity”. This is exactly where the EIT Food-funded AGAPE project comes in. Through the platform, current skillsets will be analysed, and training to match specific job profiles suggested. Not only will the platform analyse the jobseeker’s profiles, but it will also analyse trends of job types needed in the aquaculture segment, ensuring the skillsets match the needs of the industry. How this can approach can also help tackle malnutrition is described in the article “Tackling malnutrition in children through the inclusion of dried small fish powder in their diets”. Here, Amar Gaikwad et al. postulate that “an increase in aquatic foods consumption that will reduce malnutrition and hidden hunger that many nations are experiencing.” And this can be achieved by ensuring an appropriately skilled workforce with little or no age gaps. The latter can be facilitated through the platform that will be the result of the AGAPE project.

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