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IITA launches Agribusiness Training Program for secondary schools in Oyo State

IITA launches Agribusiness Training Program for secondary schools in Oyo State

Ibadan, Nigeria – The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), through a new initiative known as the Start Them Early Program (STEP), is introducing agribusiness training in secondary schools in Oyo State. To promote interest in agriculture and learning among the secondary-school aged children, IITA will launch a modern agribusiness training facility at Fasola Grammar…

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IITA and Mastercard Foundation to implement Young Africa Works in Nigeria

The Youth in Agribusiness office of CGIAR-IITA is partnering with the Mastercard Foundation in Nigeria to implement the Young Africa Works strategy. A joint media release on 16 June formally announcing this collaborative effort said that the partnership aims to enable 242,724 young Nigerian women and men to build skills and secure dignified and fulfilling…

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Agribusiness made easy through the use of ICT

IITA partners with Mastercard Foundation in Nigeria to implement Young Africa Works

Lagos, Nigeria 16 June, 2020 – The International Institute of Topical Agriculture (IITA), through its Youth in Agribusiness office, is partnering with the Mastercard Foundation in Nigeria to implement the Young Africa Works strategy. The partnership aims to enable 242,724 young Nigerian women and men to build skills and secure dignified and fulfilling work opportunities…

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Youth participation in agriculture is projected to be a big income earner

Youth under IITA-CARE tackle agricultural challenges

Despite the ongoing global crisis, grant recipients of the Enhancing Capacity to Apply Research Evidence (CARE) project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are working against odds and around the challenges to deliver cutting-edge agricultural solutions to achieve Africa’s goal of zero hunger. With the supervision of scientists from CGIAR-IITA, these young…

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IITA and DG Sanginga recognized for entrepreneurial activities in DRC

IITA and DG Sanginga recognized for entrepreneurial activities in DRC

CGIAR-IITA has been honored with an excellence award for having the best entrepreneurial activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The award ceremony was part of a conference organized by the Fédération des Entreprises du Congo (FEC) and the government of DRC, which took place in Kinshasa, 11–12 March. IITA was cited in the…

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Agribusiness: Way out for youth rural–urban migration

Research has associated the increase of rural‒urban migration amongst youth in Africa with lesser food expenditures and the incidence of poverty. The major reason for this rural‒urban youth migration is attributed to unemployment. The recent study funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), under the Enhancing Capacity to Apply Research Evidence (CARE) in…

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IITA and Bells University of Technology sign MoU to establish Agricultural Centre, Incubation Hub in Ota

IITA and Bells University of Technology sign MoU to establish Agricultural Centre, Incubation Hub in Ota

IITA and Bells University of Technology (BUT), Ota, Ogun State, have signed an agreement to join forces on various aspects of agripreneurship development. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed last week in Ota, will see IITA and BUT collaborate on the establishment of an Incubation Hub in Ota to train youth in Agripreneurship. The two…

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IFAD-CARE sponsored study focuses on Agribusiness to tackle unemployment in rural Africa

Policymakers in Africa have been called upon to adopt sustainable ways to address the rate of employment among youth across the continent. In a study carried out by Esther Lombe Kwaambwa, under the IFAD-sponsored CARE project being implemented by IITA, youth unemployment, currently estimated at 23%, is projected to double with Africa’s youth population expected…

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Over 400 applications received for CARE fellowship from across Africa

Following the call for applications, the Enhancing Capacity to Apply Research Evidence (CARE) in policy for youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa project received over 400 applications from across Africa for the three-year research grant. The fellowship under the framework of the CARE project, funded by the International Fund for Agricultural…

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STEP-Kenya motivates students at CSAYN forum

On 20 February, the IITA Start Them Early Program (STEP) team from Kenya attended a forum of the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) at the University of Nairobi, Upper Kabete campus. The STEP team comprised Lorraine Mutinda, Samuel Kamau, Maryfaith Simiyu, and Stallone Mambo, a student representative from Mwiki Secondary School. The Principal of…

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