Food for Life Project (FFL) was recently extended to West Africa (Benin and Niger), following its successes in the East Africa (Burundi, Kenya and Uganda). The dual launch started in Niger on 6th May and continued to Benin on 9th May. The Benin launch took place on 9th May 2011 in the capital city Cotonou, while in Niger the launch took place 6th May 2011 in Niamey. Both launches -- a pioneer phase in the West African zone for the Food for Life project -- were well attended.
On 9th May 2011 the Food For Life Project was launched in the capital of Cotonou. Over 350 participants attended the ceremony. They included the representatives from Benin Agriculture and Youth Ministries, Benin Scout leadership, representatives of the Finland Scout Association, Mr Henrik Soderman and MS. Inka Hopsu.
Speaking during the launch the Mr. Henrik Soderman appreciated Benin Scout Association for taking up the challenge to act and contribute to food security and hunger eradication in the country. Representing the World Scout Bureau Africa Regional office was the Project Coordinator Ms. Pauline Kibugi. The launch was accompanied by a three-day training of the Scout national trainers from 8th to 10th May 2011.
The Food for Life (FFL) project was launched in Niger on 6th May 2011. The ceremony brought together over 200 participants mostly from the Scouting fraternity who eagerly welcomed the project. Among those in attendance were Niger Ministers of Youth and Agriculture, the World Scout Bureau Secretary General Mr. Luc Panissod, Africa Region Office, Regional director Mr. Frederic Kama-Kama, representative from the Finland Scout Association Mr. Henrik Soderman.
Speaking during the launch Mr. Luc thanked the government of Niger for the continued support to the Niger Scout Association and urged them to work with them in the implementation of the project to reach the vast youth population with skills to prepare them for life. On his part Mr. Kama-Kama appreciated the Association for being in a position to be selected to implement this project as the pioneer in the West Africa and requested them to prove their worth by implementing the project in an exemplary manner. The launch was preceded by a training for the national trainers from the five regions of Niger.
Food For Life (FFL) Project imparts agricultural skills to Scouts between 6 to 17 years through a proficiency programme. It was initially started by South Africa Scouts Association in 2006 and World Scout Bureau, Africa Regional Office adapted it and expanded the scope to the other countries. FFL has inspired youth to take action against hunger and food crisis in Africa by influencing their mindsets. In Benin and Niger the project is funded by Finish Government through Finland Scout Association and aims to reach at least 3000 youth with agricultural skill within three years 2011-2013.
Courtesy of Pauline Kibugi
Picture: Mr. Frederic Kama-Kama, Regional Director, WSB-ARO and Mr. Halidou Sayouba, Chief Commissioner for Niger, sign the project MOU, © WSB/ARO