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Support expressed for Madagascar’s ENABLE youth program

As part of the program implementation and promotion of youth in agribusiness in Francophone countries, the ENABLE youth program in Madagascar has been receiving support from different sectors in the country.

Picture of representatives of GYF went bird watching at the IITA lakeside during their courtesy visit to the IITA Forest Center, Ibadan. Photo A. Ajayi

Greening Youth Foundation and IITA partner to promote cross-cultural environmental education in Nigeria

Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) and IITA have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the development and implementation of culturally relevant environmental education materials, projects, and activities for underserved youth and young adults in various states throughout Nigeria.

Picture of The Côte d’Ivoire Youth minister (second from left) listening to IITA Tanzania Youth representatives explaining aout their livestock feed production process.

Youth Minister from Côte d’Ivoire impressed with IITA Youth Agripreneurs

The Minister for Promotion of Youth, Youth Employment, and Civic Engagement of Côte d’Ivoire, The Hon. Sidi Tiémoko Toure, has remarked that the IITA Youth Agripreneur program in Tanzania is impressive and that he is convinced that agriculture holds great potential for tackling youth unemployment in Africa.

Youth Agripreneurs: Agriculture is a goldmine

For Ibukunoluwa Agbotoba and Zaccheaus Izuwa, agriculture–which used to be seen as a job for the less privileged–is a goldmine that has the capacity to pay their bills and give other youth the opportunity of earning a decent living.

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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.

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Tanzania youth Agripreneurs impress IITA DG

IITA DG Nteranya Sanginga expressed optimism over the efforts of the Tanzania Youth Agripreneurs and pledged to fully support them in their various enterprises.

Picture of HE Marcelin Chisambo (in the middle) and IITA-Kinshasa staff and agripreneurs.

IITA supporter visits IITA-Kinshasa station, encourages Youth agripreneurs

His Excellency Marcelin Cishambo, former governor of South Kivu Province visited IITA-Kinshasa station. Cishambo has been an IITA partner for many years and facilitated the participation of DRC in the Consortium for Improving Agricultural-Based Livelihood in Central Africa project (CIALCA project) from 2004 to 2014.

Picture of Dr Sarah Olubi-Johnson addressing the youth during the seminar.

Educator encourages youth to attain success in business

The co-founder of Lifeforte International Schools (LIS), Sarah Olubi-Johnson, gave a seminar presentation at IITA on 1 December to mentor and motivate the youth towards establishing successful enterprises in Nigeria.

Picture of corpers attentively listening to the motivational speakers.

How do we attract and retain youth in agriculture?

Batch B 2016 Youth Corps members in IITA organized a seminar on 20 September titled “Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture” at IITA in Ibadan. The seminar was attended by corpers and members of youth Agripreneur groups, and dignitaries from different organizations.

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