Organic Warriors Academy
In 2016, WIBDI kicked off our Youth Employment Project. Officially named the Engaging Youth in Samoa in Organic Farming and Menus: A farm-To-Table Value Chain Approach, the project is funded by UNDP through the Sustainable Development Goals fund. It also involves working with the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development and Samoa National Youth Council.
As part of this project, the Organic Warriors Academy was set up, which is aimed at equipping youth with the knowledge and skills to cultivate their land into a profitable business. The training focuses on organic farming practices and climate change, but also has a strong emphasis on business planning and budgeting. As of today, over 100 students have graduated from the academy, with some going on to work for WIBDI, and others starting the organic certification process so they an enter WIBDI's Farm-to-Table supply chain.