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Ecobank Nigeria and Vanguard newspapers seek collaboration with IITA

Ecobank Nigeria and Vanguard newspapers seek collaboration with IITA

In preparation for the upcoming Ecobank Agribusiness Summit on “Digitizing the Agricultural value chain for unlocking productivity, growth and food security”, a six-member delegation from Ecobank Nigeria and Vanguard Media, publishers of Vanguard, paid a visit to IITA to formally introduce the group and seek collaboration opportunities on potential strategic initiatives. The team led by…

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Young Africa Works-IITA Project trains over a thousand youth in three centers across Nigeria

Young Africa Works-IITA Project trains over a thousand youth in three centers across Nigeria

The Young Africa Works-IITA Project has concluded the first cohort of its training program, which commenced on 1 February in Lagos, Kaduna, and Kano states. The six-week training program targeted young people between 18 and 35 years. It introduced the participants to agribusiness through classroom training, practical sessions, excursions to successful agribusiness firms, mentorship, sharing…

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Sensitizing Nigerian youth on the opportunities in agribusiness

Sensitizing Nigerian youth on the opportunities in agribusiness

ENABLE-TAAT is conducting sensitization programs at 11 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camps in Nigeria. The aim is to help graduate youth see and experience more significant agriculture opportunities that can generate income and develop the skills they need to succeed in this sector. ENABLE-TAAT is an arm of IITA’s Youth-in-Agribusiness office (IYA) and…

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Young Africa Works-IITA commences multilocation training for 40,000 youth

Young Africa Works-IITA commences multilocation training for 40,000 youth

The Young Africa Works-IITA project commenced the first cohort of its training program in Lagos, Kaduna, and Kano states in Nigeria. This capacity–building activity began on 1 February and focuses on training 40,000 young Nigerian women and men between 18 and 35 years to become self-employed or gain employment in agri-food systems.  The training is running concurrently in the three states for six weeks and participants will gain practical…

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Lourindo Jacinto Abel, the DG farm manager at the soybean farm.

The Dreamers: Scaling seeds of success

Members of the Dreamers Group in Zambezia province, Northern Mozambique, were smiling all the way to the bank in the just ended farming season, 2019/2020. This year they generated more than 2,277,000 MZN (US$31,625) from the production and sale of soybean and common bean seed and grain and vegetables. The group, known as DG or…

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Researcher and IITA-CARE awardee, Adedotun Seyingbo.

Researcher calls for intervention to promote youth engagement in agriculture

The growing population in Africa poses both opportunities and challenges for its economy. In Nigeria, more than half the population are under 30 years of age, posing a significant challenge for policymakers in providing quality jobs for these youth. However, since agriculture is a major source of employment and livelihood, youth move between farm and…

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Dr Kwesi Atta-Krah, moderating the webinar.

Private sector engagement: Way forward for African Agriculture

A webinar was organized on 5 November to connect partners and deliberate on ways to increase private sector engagement in African agriculture. The webinar, a collaborative activity of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) with Grow Africa, IITA, and Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT), was moderated by Kwesi Atta-Krah, IITA Director for Country and…

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Co-create the future-p01.jpg: Fair participants at the IITA stand.

Co-create the future: UI-SME collaboration and fair

On 12 November, the University of Ibadan organized a fair termed: The 2nd UI-SME Fair, tagged “Co-create the future: University of Ibadan and Small and Medium Enterprises,” which was held at the International Conference Center to bring together key stakeholders in the SME sector to provide crucial support for SME growth and sustainability. The fair…

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40,000 young people in Nigeria to benefit from Young Africa Works-IITA project training program

40,000 young people in Nigeria to benefit from Young Africa Works-IITA project training program

Lagos, Nigeria, November 23, 2020 – In May this year, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) partnered with the Mastercard Foundation to start the Young Africa Works-IITA Project, an innovative approach to agribusiness training and start-up for Nigeria’s young people. This project was developed in consultation with young people, policymakers, educators, and entrepreneurs as…

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Joint agribusiness park activities commence in Oyo State, Nigeria

Joint agribusiness park activities commence in Oyo State, Nigeria

IITA and Oyo State have commenced activities on an agribusiness center in Awe, Oyo Town. On 7 October, the project’s Joint Committees’ meeting agreed to change the center name from Rural Community Development Center (RCDC) to IITA-Oyo State Agribusiness Park Center, Awe. Earlier, IITA’s Facilities Management Services (FMS) commenced construction work at the processing center,…

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