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Interventions to Enable African Rural Youth participation in agribusiness record more success

Interventions to Enable African Rural Youth participation in agribusiness record more success

African governments and development partners such as IITA, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and others, have devised ways of engaging youth in agribusiness to reduce unemployment and increase standards of living, especially in rural areas. These are outlined in the recently published journal article, “African Rural Youth Engagement in Agribusiness: Achievements, Limitations, and…

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Extension workers and agribusinesses receive aflatoxin management training in Ghana’s Ashanti and Eastern regions

Extension workers and agribusinesses receive aflatoxin management training in Ghana’s Ashanti and Eastern regions

It was moment of learning, capacity strengthening, and networking for participants at the regional training of trainers (ToT) workshop held in Ghana’s Ashanti and Eastern regional capitals of Kumasi and Koforidua in March 2019. As part of its Aflasafe technology transfer strategy, IITA, in partnership with the Green Innovation Center (GIC) of GIZ and Ghana’s…

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Picture of Team Lead from Sterling Bank; Mrs Bukola Awosanya addressing the participants at the workshop

Sterling Bank explores partnership with IITA on agribusiness financing

A commercial bank in Nigeria, Sterling Bank Plc is exploring areas of partnership with IITA on an agribusiness financing loan scheme for “agripreneurs” who have been trained and mentored by the Institute.

Picture of Richardson Okechukwu talking about agribusiness to the women and youth

Women and youth sensitized on agribusiness

To commemorate the 2018 International Women’s Day, IITA-Onne delivered a talk on women and youth empowerment in agribusiness at the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Business Women Group (NAWORG) Rivers State Chapter exhibition week tagged “Start small, grow it Big,” held at the Port Harcourt Chambers of Commerce.

Picture of Victor Manyong speaking during a panel discussion with the keynote speakers.

Youth in agribusinesses: The unexplored potential

The majority of youth in the African continent are moving away from rural to urban areas seeking jobs, even in the informal service sector. Yet, empirical evidence shows that over 60% of African employment is in agriculture where the potential for enhanced productivity and value chain development is high.

Picture of Two youth involved in agribusiness in Kamu, Bulambuli District, on the slopes of Mt. Elgon.

Youth agribusiness in Uganda: The importance of engaging youth in agricultural enterprises

Maya Turolla, a PhD candidate at the University of Bologna and Radboud University in Nijmegen, collaborated with IITA in Uganda to study how the drive to engage youth in agriculture is materializing in terms of development projects and the role these projects play in the lives of these youth.

Picture of agripreneurs showing off the fish ponds.

IITA opens another incubation center!

In 6 months, a group of IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) has developed another thriving agribusiness center in Imo State, southeastern Nigeria.

Picture of Ms Jacinta Ezurike showing participants how to make various value-added products.

Capacity of youth in agribusiness gets a boost

About 38 youth drawn from Onne, Rivers State, were trained on agribusiness and entrepreneurship and improved agronomic practices and value addition for cassava and plantain/banana.

Picture of IITA Youth Agripreneur Dare gives a briefing on IYA activities in Ibadan, Nigeria.

IITA, Ministry of Youth & Sports, Ministry of Agriculture to promote youth agribusiness in Oyo State

In a tripartite agreement with the Ministries of Youth & Sports, and Agriculture in Oyo State, IITA will be hosting a workshop that will see IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) critically engage and train youth corps members serving within the state. This was unveiled during the official visit of the Commissioner of Youth & Sports, Yomi…

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Picture of Youth Agripreneurs display their certificates of participation after the training.

IITA and CTA organize training on ICT, social media for youth

The IITA-Central Africa Hub and the Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) organized its first training on ICT and social media for Agribusiness and Marketing in DR Congo. The training was held at Kalambo on 20–24 June. The training participants consisted of IITA Kalambo Youth Agripreneurs (IKYA), youth value chain actors, and civil…

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