IITA BIP guests at Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Workshop
The Business Incubation Platform (BIP) of IITA was invited to speak at the “Do it Afraid” Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Workshop on 6 March in Lagos. The workshop had as its theme “Agribusiness: The Next Frontier”.It was convened by Omilola Oshikoya, Africa’s premier wealth coach.
BIP was represented by Support Manager Layi Olatunji, who spoke on the topic “Nigeria’s Agribusiness space—Navigating Trends and Patterns”. This gave the BIP a good stage to analyze the state of agriculture in Nigeria—the current reality, its potentials, and what IITA is doing through BIP. Olatunji presented the BIP model, showcasing and extolling the virtues of its flagship products such as Aflasafe, GoSeed and Nodumax. He also highlighted the activities of the IITA Youth Agripreneurs and emphasized how involving the youth, who account for 42% of the Nigerian population, in agribusiness is the solution to youth unemployment in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
Supported by Bank of Industry (BOI), the workshop was designed to increase the technical capacity and provide support for both potential and current business entrepreneurs in agribusiness, and educate these entrepreneurs on how to operate in the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) segment and how they can finance their agribusiness as well as access BOI’s funds.
The workshop was facilitated by agribusiness entrepreneurs who shared their experiences and gave business lessons. More than 300 participants attended the workshop.