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MSU and The MasterCard Foundation partner to increase youth employment in Africa

A five-year, $13 million collaboration between Michigan State University and The MasterCard Foundation will help 15,000 young people access employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the fast-growing horticulture, aquaculture, poultry, cassava, and oilseed sectors in Tanzania and Nigeria.

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ATASP-1 completes first batch of seed production training for youth

Following the flag-off of the seed production training for youth by Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh on 27 March, ATASP-1 has commenced training young people on seed production. The training which ran concurrently in Abuja, and Kano and Niger states ended on 5 April.

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Nigerian students acknowledge IITA’s efforts in alleviating unemployment

The body covering every Nigerian undergraduate has cited IITA for its excellent efforts in creating employment for Nigerian graduates every year.

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Agripreneurs undergo training on business startups

To further enhance the skills of IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) in developing bankable business plans and in securing business start-up funds from financial institutions, Ekimiks Nigeria Limited in partnership with IITA, organized an 8-day workshop for Agripreneurs in Ibadan on 15-24 February.

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‘Super Farmer Reality TV Show’ crew visit IITA-Abuja

The promoters of the ‘Super Farmer Reality TV Show’ visited IITA, Abuja station to “seek areas of mutual collaboration.” The high-powered team was led by the former DG of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Idi Farouk and former Executive Director of Programs and Board Member of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Peter Igho. They expressed delight at…

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IITA Youth Agripreneurs in Kinshasa commence horticulture and fish farming

The IITA Youth Agripreneurs in Kinshasa (IYAKIN) have fashioned two new business initiatives to help provide nutritious meals for DR Congo nationals. This move is a response to the challenges of food insecurity and growing poverty in the country. The young farmers say they are joining efforts with government through agribusiness to fight food insecurity,…

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Ooni of Ife partners with IITA to improve cocoa production and youth employment

The Ooni (King) of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has extolled IITA for its continuous efforts in the improvement and transformation of agriculture, and emphasized his utmost goal to partner with IITA in rejuvenating Africa’s agriculture. The Imperial Majesty made this known in his speech during his first coronation anniversary at his palace in Ile-Ife,…

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African youth are capable of revitalizing agro-allied industries

The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has reiterated his support for Africa’s youth, saying that if given the chance to participate effectively in agro-allied industries, they will rejuvenate the agriculture sector, create wealth, and become gainfully employed. Adesina gave the opening talk at the African Economic Conference (AEC) held in Abuja on…

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IITA Youth Agripreneurs shines at AEC

At a session dedicated to youth entrepreneurship in agriculture at the 2016 Africa Economic Conference in Abuja, the IITA Youth Agripreneurs in Nigeria delighted participants and other stakeholders present during the session. Making their voices heard, the youth provided testimonials on the impact of the IITA Youth Agripreneurs on their entrepreneurial skills and also defended…

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Youth Agripreneurs program forging ahead to change youth mindsets to agriculture in Africa

On the second day of P4D Week, youth Agripreneurs presented on their various activities. The presentations were started off by the leader of the Youth Agripreneurs at IITA, Evelyn Ohanwusi. She said the initial vision of the program was to support youth at the individual level by moving incomes from 0 to $700 a month…

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