Our Work in WAEMU

Young Africa Works in The WAEMU Region

Addressing the challenge of employment is a driver for the socio-economic development of the WAEMU region. Our strategy aims to address this challenge by driving transformation in the agriculture value chain through an innovative approach.


Agriculture, as the primary source of employment in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) region, constitutes a powerful development driver, with small-scale farmers at its core. The WAEMU region consists of Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. Our roadmap aims to bring about a shift in perceptions, resources, relationships, practices, and policies for the development of sustainable and resilient Agrifood systems.

Our Goal

To enable 6.2 million young people in the WAEMU region, with 70 percent being young women, to access dignified and fulfilling work by 2030.

Our Approach

Fork to Farm methodology is based on the knowledge and data that inclusive food systems can only be designed from the bottom up to address the actual needs of populations. Through this approach, we are meeting the market demand for locally produced and processed food products and catalyzing the emergence of agro-industry champions at a national and regional level that will drive the sustainable transformation of agriculture in the sub-region.

Our Focus Areas

Agribusiness and adjacent sectors, agro-processing, market access, and primary production.

Partner Programs


Partner: Batonga
Industry: Education & Skills


Partner: The Cheikh Hamidou Kane Digital University
Industry: Education & Skills


Partner: Institut Pasteur de Dakar
Industry: Education & Skills


Partner: Laiterie du Berger
Industry: Agriculture


Partner: Teranga Gestion
Industry: Access to Finance

The Ministry of Economy, Planning and Cooperation

Partner: Ministry of Economy, Planning and Cooperation (MECP)
Industry: Policies

Our WAEMU Quarterly Newsletter

English Version

Read the Mastercard Foundation’s Quarterly Newsletter for the WAEMU Region – January to March 2024

Impact Stories

SUQALI: Enabling Young Entrepreneurs in Senegal

Meliteji: Local Milk, an Engine for Employment and Success for Women in Senegal


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