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Private and public sector investment in cacao has been largely absent because of the severely limited access to genetic material and lack of production knowledge. El Salvador has a unique opportunity to reactivate cacao to mitigate slow economic growth, climate change, and plant diseases, such as coffee rust.


Higher Education for Economic Growth project builds partnerships between industry sectors and higher education institutions to develop demand-driven educational programs and research, as well as to train highly qualified faculty members to build professionals who contribute to industry growth and productivity and stimulate economic and social development.


Currently, Salvadoran youth living in municipalities with high crime rates have twice the chance of being unemployed than the rest of the population. However, if these youth are successfully integrated into the workforce, their collective potential could significantly boost economic growth in El Salvador as they become fully qualified and productive citizens.


USAID’s $25 million Education for Children and Youth project provides access to quality education for over 370,000 lower secondary (7th to 9th grade) students in 750 schools located in high crime communities. The project contributes to USAID’s Global Education Strategy to increase equitable access to education in crisis and conflict environments for 15 million learners.


The Superate Program was founded by the Sagrera Palomo Foundation  in El Salvador in 2004.  With private sector funding, Superate serves underprivileged students from public schools, ages 13 through18, who have demonstrated high academic performance and who have a high desire and potential for self-improvement.