Strengthening education and agri business interaction for sustained employment and agricultural development in South Africa

This project aims to address the mismatches described above and expose young people (male and female) to valuable workplace experience, thereby improving skills across the agricultural value chains to support job creation. This will result in a more competent and employable young generation, resulting in increased productivity throughout the agricultural sector.

More specifically, the project will:

  1. Bring together educational institutes and agro-industries in selected sectors to align the labour market demand with the educational offering at all levels;
  2. Ensure that gender and previously disadvantaged group interests are mainstreamed in all interventions;
  3. Draw lessons from Dutch experiences in linking educational programmes at all levels with the industry;
  4. Jointly (RSA and Dutch education, industry and government partners) improve quality of curricula;
  5. Improve skills of trainers in educational institutes at all levels.  


General outcome:

TVET/HE organisations (in the selected partner countries and in the NL) perform better their core tasks, firmly embedded in their environment, in line with country / regional specific labour market needs & aiming at inclusiveness.

Specific outcomes:

  • Education system (TVET/HE) is of good quality, relevant and accessible (SDG 4)
  • Partnerships between persons and organisations are inclusive and sustainable (SDG 17)
  • Organisations key to (sectoral) inclusive development of partner countries are strengthened by inflow of enhanced workforce


  • Establishment of a learning network of industry, education, NGOs and government agencies, based on a sustainable business model;
  • Mainstreaming of gender interests and interests of disadvantaged groups
  • Consolidated institutional collaboration between “green” education institutes in RSA and the Netherlands
  • Approaches based on education-industry sustained investments in four Education Agri-parks/networks
  • Curricula of the participating educational institutes are jointly reviewed and adapted for inclusion of blended learning and quality practical experience/internship programmes – and implemented for the sectors: Dairy, Poultry, Pig production and Horticulture
  • Strengthened staff capacity of the participating educational institutes, translating labour market demand into curriculum design


  • Young male and female (at least 30%) school graduates predominantly from previously disadvantaged groups
  • Emergent farmers (at least 30% women)
  • At society level, a more productive agricultural sector in SA



Aeres MBO is the lead of this consortium in cooperation with: