The program supports USAID's youth development strategy that seeks to support those who are considered vulnerable or unattached with economic opportunities and to ultimately reduce the risk of participating in crime and violence. It will provide opportunities for youth to be trained to support the cocoa/chocolate industry through internships, as well as job assignments, and assist in stimulating those youth with an entrepreneurial focus. USAID/Barbados and Eastern Caribbean (USAID) recently signed a cooperative agreement with the Grenada Cocoa Association (GCA) for an amount of $173,968. The initiative represents a partnership operating as Diamond Cocoa Estates (DCE) between the GCA and L.A. Burdick Grenada. It will support youth development through a direct link with USAID's Caribbean Youth Empowerment Program (CYEP) that is being implemented by the International Youth Foundation on behalf of USAID in Grenada. The second phase of the CYEP is providing second-chance educational support to the youth who are considered vulnerable and who need assistance in job training. Some of these youth will benefit from jobs, training or attachments working with DCE. In addition to the improvement in the local economy, the program is expected to support an improvement in issues such as security, unrest and instability in the communities served. The resources provided by USAID to the GCA will be used to add valuable equipment to the processing operations of the plant. This will enable DCE to process cocoa provided by GCA farmers and ultimately boost Grenada's cocoa/chocolate industry.
|Value||USD 467 Thousand|