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International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)

Youth Livelihoods


Equip out-of-school youth with skills and resources to establish successful enterprises in the honey and silk value chains.


The Foundation has partnered with icipe to provide training and resources in modern beekeeping and silkworm farming technologies to 12,500 youth between the ages of 18-24 in rural and peri-urban regions of Ethiopia. The partnership will work to improve the capacity of unemployed youth to engage in sustainable businesses by establishing youth cooperatives and linking them to markets in the honey and silk sectors. The project will also create spin-off employment opportunities for local and surrounding communities to provide inputs so, and use the outputs from, beekeeping and silkworm farming.

Established in 1970, icipe is an African-based and non-governmental Centre of Excellence for research, development and capacity building. icipe presently works in 29 countries in Africa and takes a holistic approach which considers human, animal, plant and environmental health. Its mission is to improve the overall health of communities in Africa by addressing the interlinked challenges of poverty, poor health, low agricultural productivity and environmental degradation.



$10.3 million


Five years