Successful kick-off Orange Knowledge Project: Bright Future in Agriculture


With the cutting of a ribbon between the Ethiopian and Dutch banner, the new project ‘Bright Future in Africa’ was ceremonially inaugurated. Mr. Eniyew, Vice Director General of the Ethiopian TVET Institute, Jolie Franke, senior Program Administrator of Nuffic, and Huub Mudde, MSM had the honor to cut the ribbon.

The cutting of the ribbon, broadcasted on Ethiopian national television, was part of the Inception Workshop of the project in Addis Ababa on 21 and 22 March. Bright Future in Agriculture (BFA) is a three-year project in support of the Ethiopian agricultural vocational education sector that runs from January 2019 until 2021. The project is funded by the Netherland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic as part of the Orange Knowledge Programme. Maastricht School of Management (MSM) from the Netherlands with the Ethiopian Federal TVET Institute jointly implement the project together with 12 partners from the Netherlands, Ethiopia and South Africa.

The project concentrates on the dairy and horticulture sub-sector, which both have huge economic opportunities. The Ethiopian government is building five agro-parks and has divided the country into six major corridors for horticulture. The agro processing parks are expected to create over 100,000 jobs and are very useful for sound links with agricultural TVETs: giving access to hands-on education and supplying qualified exposed graduates. BFA will strengthen the colleges to be able to serve the agro-industry.

Nuffic Orange Knowledge Programme
The Orange Knowledge Programme is a €195-m Dutch global development programme, available in 53 developing countries and managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organisation for internationalisation in education. Launched mid-2017, it aims to have provided tens of thousands with the possibility to change their future through education and training by mid-2022.

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