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.
Meet a graduate!
Fa'avesi Peniongo, 23, Sapunaoa
"I found out about WIBDI because SNYC called me and told me that WIBDI is making a workshop for youth to learn about farming and business.WIBDI helped me by teaching me about business. They taught me how to compost and why to use a compost, do mulching and water harvesting. They taught me how to become an organic farmer and helped me by giving me a job once the training finished. Before I had to ask my sister for money but now I work for my own money and know how to save money. My sister is happy that I never ask her for money now and she likes that I can help her with the fa’alavelave. My life has improved because I can support my family and especially my youth. I can go to the different churches in my village and do workshops on how to be an organic farmer. I can pass on what WIBDI taught me to others and told the youth to sign up so they can become organic farmers too."