IITA News

Forward movement for STEP as teams exceed 6-month target

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) had a 6-month review meeting with the Start Them Early Program (STEP) team in Kenya on 13 February. The meeting was chaired by Jemimah Njuki, a Senior Program Specialist at IDRC and the Director-General of IITA, Dr Nteranya Sanginga. The meeting was attended by the STEP-Kenya team: Paul Woomer,…

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IYA celebrates success in its youth empowerment programs for 2019

IYA celebrates success in its youth empowerment programs for 2019

Since its inception in 2012, the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) has been working tirelessly, creating capacity development programs and projects to engage youth in agribusiness. Although IYA has experienced challenges in accessing funds and credit facilities to assist some of the trained youth in establishing and expanding their agribusinesses, about 7,000 youth have benefited from…

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Golden Heart Foundation seeks partnership with IITA on youth empowerment

Golden Heart Foundation seeks partnership with IITA on youth empowerment

On 17 January, a team from the Golden Heart Foundation (GHF), led by the President, David Ogbueli, visited IITA Ibadan Campus. The purpose of the visit was to seek partnership with IITA on youth empowerment. GHF is an NGO with a focus on youth value reorientation, leadership, youth empowerment, and entrepreneurial development. GHF believes that…

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IITA to work with Osun State in raising agribusiness ambassadors

IITA to work with Osun State in raising agribusiness ambassadors

On 23 January, the Osun State Commissioner for Education, Hon Folarunsho Oladoyin visited IITA Ibadan campus with his Assistant, Bukola Elufisan and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Jamiu Olawumi. The purpose of their visit was to collaborate with IITA through the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) and Start Them Early Program (STEP) platforms,…

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IYA to commence training of youth in Niger Delta

IYA to commence training of youth in Niger Delta

The IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) will commence another training for youth in the Niger-Delta region under the Community Youth in Agribusiness Group (CYAG) project funded by Chevron Nigeria Limited. The training, which will run from 27 to 31 January in Warri, Delta State, will focus on catfish and cassava production and processing. They will also…

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DG Sanginga calls for intensified youth engagement in agribusiness at “Future of Food Forum”

DG Sanginga calls for intensified youth engagement in agribusiness at “Future of Food Forum”

About 250 professionals from six countries and 19 states attended the University of Florida’s “Future of Food Forum”, sponsored by the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The forum comprised farmers, researchers, chefs, aquaculturists, students, and academics. One-third of the registered audience were from the private sector. The forum had five panels, each comprising recognized…

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APPEALS project team from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture seeks to partner with IITA

APPEALS project team from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture seeks to partner with IITA

A team from the Agro-processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) National Coordinating Office (NCO) and Lagos Project Office, visited IITA, Ibadan on 28 August. The purpose of the visit was to explore possible areas of collaboration with IITA. Heather Akanni, the National Women and Youth Livelihood Specialist of APPEALS, who led the team…

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Interventions to Enable African Rural Youth participation in agribusiness record more success

Interventions to Enable African Rural Youth participation in agribusiness record more success

African governments and development partners such as IITA, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and others, have devised ways of engaging youth in agribusiness to reduce unemployment and increase standards of living, especially in rural areas. These are outlined in the recently published journal article, “African Rural Youth Engagement in Agribusiness: Achievements, Limitations, and…

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Meeting with staff and exhibition of IITA's work with partners

DG meets with staff; looks at IITA’s work with partners

During the meeting with staff, the DG discussed issues of gender, youth in agriculture, staff welfare, and career development. “Consider yourself as part of the global staff and that you are an ambassador of IITA right from your communities to the airport. IITA stands in good shape with your support,” remarked Sanginga. Following an overview…

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IITA-Onne commences livelihood training of Ogoni women and youth

The IITA -Onne station, Rivers State, in partnership with Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) and Stakeholders Democracy Network (SDN) on 21 January flagged off the first batch of sustainable livelihood training for 17 youth in the fabrication of agroprocessing machines. The event, which took place at IITA-Onne, was attended by HYPREP and SDN officials including…

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