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Promoting youth employment in Grenada

05 October 2021

Two of the most significant challenges Grenada faces are common ones for small island developing states: high levels of youth unemployment, currently over 40 per cent, and vulnerability of agricultural production to climate change and climate shocks.

By combining sustainable climate-smart agricultural practices with the development of small enterprises, the Climate-Smart Agriculture and Rural Enterprise Programme (SAEP) is expected to lead to a significant increase in the production levels and income of the young people taking part.

The goal of the programme is to contribute to the reduction of poverty and vulnerability in rural communities, benefiting around 7,500 households (54 per cent of all rural poor households in the country).

To achieve these objectives, SAEP is investing in professional training for youth, including counselling and life-skills. They also provide a children day-care scheme to help young parents take part in the training.

In the following videos, you can hear directly from some of the project participants how these activities are changing their lives…

Lornell Albert always dreamt of having his own business and now she thinks her dream is closer, thanks to the training provided by the SAEP.


Dwight McLeish wants to have his own restaurant and become a well-known chef. He thinks he is on track to fulfil his aspirations thanks to a food preparation course.


Jadee Langaigne is the only female plumber in her community and now, thanks to the training provided by SAEP, can opt to be a certified plumber.