What is the Strategic Orientation of CAFOR?

CAFOR will rotate its strategy very much around the concept of work and training that gives skills to young people. More attention will, therefore, be given to technical and vocational education rather than formal university education that awards degrees to individuals that may not be useful in the circumstances and the environment that obtains in Africa.

The principal orientation will include the following:

  • To become a technical arm for the development cooperating agencies operating in Africa including the African Union Commission, the Regional Economic Communities and the United Nations and its specialised agencies in the area of communication for youth skills development and their integration into the African labour market.;
  • To develop advocacy to integrate communication components in agricultural development for young Africans, TVET and other educational and skills development policies;
  •  To promote better knowledge of educational facts for young Africans among the media and journalists;
  •  To provide advice and quality services in communication to the development cooperation agencies operating in Africa including the African Union Commission, the Regional Economic Communities and Specialized United Nations Bodies, and ministries of education, agriculture, labour and finance in Africa, the media, and civil society organizations intervening in education and youth development;
  • To contribute to the expansion of support to policies and reforms in education and youth development;
  • To mobilise matching financial resources;
  • To generate opportunities for sustainable social development by designing, implementing and evaluating communication strategies for youth training and development in Africa;
  •  To examine and enforce mapping strategies to identify institutions that have relevance to creating jobs in agriculture for young people, technical schools or institutes such as vocational training institutes, especially agricultural institutes;
  • To map the competencies and the specialization of each institute;
  • To examine the opportunities for bolstering African capacity in agriculture and technology;
  • Cross-pollinating centres of excellence and leveraging them into other institutes across Africa;
  • To establish a research laboratory on education and development issues and use the data collected for programme interventions.