Picture of DG Nteranya Sanginga and the Agripreneurs welcoming AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina to IITA’s Abuja Station.

IITA Nigeria (Abuja) hosts AfDB President

To see how IITA is assisting the Nigerian youth engaged in the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) scheme to generate novel businesses from agriculture, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and former Principal Economist at IITA, Akinwumi Adesina, paid his first official visit as President of the Bank to IITA’s Station in Abuja on…

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Picture of Gbassey Tarawali, Head of the Abuja Station, welcoming the AfDB delegation and guests

Welcome to Abuja!

Gbassey Tarawali, Head of station and leader of an ongoing IITA-led AfDB-funded project ATASP 1 (Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support program) welcomed the dignitaries.

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The story from the perspective of the IITA Youth Agripreneurs

All over developing nations, stories continue to spring up almost on a daily basis relating to how and why the majority of their energetic youth remain unemployed and without sustainable sources of income.

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AfDB delegates respond to the youth

Speaking at the event, Chiji Ojukwu said the Feed Africa strategy of the Bank, under which the flagship of ENABLE youth is domiciled, will support young people in Nigeria and 31 other African countries.

Picture of AfDB President Akinwunmi Adesina.

Africa’s future is bright because of IYA – Adesina

Adesina expressed optimism that Africa will indeed soon begin to feed itself because of creative entrepreneurs like the IYA. According to him, the drive with which the youth are fashioning business ideas from the sector makes him see a new Africa. The President recognized the visionary leadership of DG Sanginga and noted that the progress…

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IITA’s work and progress on display

The communication team together with the Agripreneurs and different projects of the Institute based in Abuja showcased outputs of ongoing research.

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Sowing a legacy

A major input being injected into the youth program in Abuja is sustainable farming systems. The focus is to ensure that the agroecology of the location is maintained. To promote this goal, President Adesina of AfDB, DG Sanginga, and the IYA planted three trees to commemorate the visit of the AfDB principal officers to the station….

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Support the IITA Youth Agripreneurs, DG Sanginga pleads

The Director General of IITA, Nteranya Sanginga has stated that the IITA Youth Agripreneurs have brought dynamic change in the history of the Institute. DG Sanginga who said this during an interactive session with IITA staff in Abuja on 28 September said that through the support of IITA to the youth-in-agribusiness program and the unrelenting…

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