Considered a country with high production potential due to the wealth of natural resources, it is actually among the poorest in West Africa.
The main causes are attributable to the isolation of the area, due to the almost total absence of paved roads, and to the fragility of the agricultural sector, whose low productivity depends on the lack of production factors (seeds, fertilizers, tools), inadequate technologies and low technical skills, while improper storage is the harbinger of almost 5% of crop losses.
These are important factors considering that the population of Guinea-Bissau bases its economy mainly on rice farming and breeding.
Under these conditions, the employment rate for the age group between 15 and 35 does not exceed 35%.
Guinea-Bissau is also an important hub for regional and trans-regional migration networks. Women play a particularly important role in these choices and in supporting travel costs. It is women who take greater responsibility for family needs and therefore support migration and, at the same time, suffer the consequences.
The project aimed to sensitize the population about the risks of irregular migration and also to enhance the socio-productive opportunities of the country through the involvement of different associations in the regions of intervention.
About 16,000 people from the seven regions.
- Organization of 38 village djumbai. Djumbai is an organized debate involving the whole community to inform about the risks of irregular migration and the socio-productive opportunities of the country. About 3,800 people were involved.
- Organization of 10 theatrical performances on the subject with the presence of returning migrants in the dual role of actors and protagonists.
- Production and transmission of radio programs covering all regions. 72 broadcasts on local and national radios made with the collaboration of a national cultural group for the production of “radio theater pills”. Particular attention was given to the testimony of young people who have managed to start businesses in Guinea-Bissau.
- Organization of a cultural festival for young people in which young local artists used different forms of art, including theater, poetry and music.
- Organization of summer camps for young local activists who were trained on awareness-raising techniques, on the risks of irregular migration and on national economic and production opportunities.
- Participation and awareness during 7 regional sports events aimed mainly at young people.
- Creation and management of a local Facebook page on migration problems and local economic and production opportunities.
I am Paola Toncich, after graduating in Development and International Cooperation and a period of training and work I left Italy for Latin America, where Bolivia welcomed me for 7 years. That was an important period for job, but also for life, during which I was able to discover the country at 360 degrees. Initially, I worked in food security and income generation projects in Bolivian […]