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PSAF and STVJ deal cultivation of Agroforestry training program

PSAF and STVJ deal cultivation of Agroforestry training program

Some students have participated in the training which was conducted by the STVJ, Comoro. Image/STVJ

DILI, 22 july 2021 (TATOLI)- The Partnership for Sustainable Agroforestry (PSAF) program and the Sentru Treinamentu Vokasionál Juventude (STVJ) or Youth Vocational Training Center Comoro signed the ‘Ai ba Futuru’ project to participate for Agroforestry training.

According to the note, PSAF on July 21, it was explained that the Partnership for Sustainable Agroforestry Program (PSAF or Partnership Program for Sustainable Agroforestry) supported by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), held a contract signing ceremony with STVJ at the GIZ office in Dili.

For this project, STVJ Comoro will implement a small project called “Food Processing to Jam from Mango, Orange, Papaya, Banana and Peanut Butter ”.

The ‘Ai ba Futuru’ targets young people and women in three Villages from Lautém Municipality composed of  Leuro, Cacaven and Souro. They get six months’ opportunity to  be trained on hygiene measures and quality food processes.

“We are very grateful to ‘Ai ba Futuru’ for this support. We hope that through this initiative we can train our young generation and women in rural areas to cultivate their own agroforestry products such as pumpkin, banana, cassava, mango, sweets, potatoes, pineapples, papayas and others to be consume and it is an alternative to get some income”, said Director of STVJ,  Norberto da Costa

GIZ Coordinator and Project Director Rainer Schellhaas believes that this grant will support them to process their own food to diversify their daily diet, improve their family’s nutrition and even set up their own small business in the food processing industry.

“I believe this small grant will have a big impact on women and young people in rural areas.” strictly ‘The Ai ba Futuru project is implemented in four Timorese municipalities (Baucau, Lautem, Manatuto and Viqueque), targeting 4,000 marginalized households in 40 selected villages.

This will increase the agroforestry area in Timor-Leste by 6.000 ha, with a total planting of three million trees. Targeted participants benefit from increased production, better job opportunities and better market access, resulting in higher incomes.

This note said that STVJ Comoro is a local NGO – registered, certified and national training center in Timor-Leste since 2010. Currently, the center provides a number of national certificate training programs such as certificates I and II in tourism and hospitality, certificates of customer service and sales force, certificate III and IV in training and assessment, skills certificate programs – such as food processing and production.

Journalist:  José Belarmino de Sá

Editor: Rafy Belo

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