The regional Sustainable Smallholder Agri-Business program developed and implemented the Cooperative Business School in 2016 with financial support from the European Union. With the aim of making agriculture attractive as a profession for youth, the Agribusiness Facility for Africa and the global Rural Youth Employment program have joined forces to review and improve the approach in 2020 and improved adaptation to the context. Opportunities, needs of IT approaches, and tools in the context of agricultural producer organizations have also been integrated.
Currently, there are 14 Cooperative Business School curricula for five lead products. Cooperative Business School training has been implemented for more than 7,000 managers and members of 600 cooperatives. The approach also forms the basis for capacity building of ATVET institutions in eight countries of the continent.