General information

Valebo! Human Resources Development is the official partner of the foundation to train and certify professional coaches. Accredited coaches will be active in the UDA-SET projects in Tunisia.

In short:
The overall target is to create sustainable growth in the Tunisian rural regions. This through development of unit based Public-Private-Producer-Partnerships in value chains: Unit Development Agriculture projects for Social Economic Transition or UDA-SET. The project aims to create 5000 sustainable jobs for unemployed youth, both men and women, with entrepreneurial potential in agricultural and craft projects.

The project will be open for smallholder farmers to participate (UPA’s). The demonstration phase is carried out in the governorates Kasserine, Le Kef, Gafsa, Jendouba, Tozeur, Kairouen, Zagouen and Sidi-Bouzid. It will result in exploiting semi-arid and agricultural land, boost the agricultural sector in selected regions and make a livelihood for thousands of families. After the pilot the project will expand to all provinces creating over 20000 sustainable direct jobs in the rural region.

For the development of the pilot phase of the UDA-project the Tunisian government has identified 20.000 hectares unfarmed agricultural land. Knowledge is needed from experts who can design the development and capacity building as a whole and from a multidisciplinary approach. Integration of expert knowledge is required on:
• agricultural science;
• social economics and soft skills like self-confidence, group dynamics and coaching;
• economic specialism on entrepreneurship including finance, administration, trading, social security and participating in value chains and trading organisations.

The Tunisian government identified 20.000 ha. in the governorates participating in the pilot project. This means the local circumstances must be taken into account when developing the project.

Development of the agricultural sector requires improvement in:
• Clear plan for training and support to realize value added agricultural and artisanal production
• Development in capacity building on agricultural, social and economic areas.
• Development organisation grade in trading, distribution and access to services,
• Access to financial services.

Formal trained and accredited senior coaches (ca. 50) will train and guide daily coordinators on coaching knowledge, skills and techniques. It would be an advantage if all agricultural engineers have all these coaching skills.