IITA News

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.

Picture of Youth Agripreneurs showcase some of their products to the DG (left)

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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SPDC and IYA explore areas of collaboration

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria and the IITA Youth Agripreneurs are discussing the development of a model that will incubate young farmers.

Picture of Exhibition stand of IITA, HarvestPlus, and Youth Agripreneurs.

IYA Kinshasa participates in second edition of International Agricultural Fair of Kinshasa

The IITA Kinshasa Youth Agripreneurs (IYAKIN) participated in the second edition of the International Agricultural Fair of Kinshasa (FAIKIN), 18-27 August.

Picture of Two youth involved in agribusiness in Kamu, Bulambuli District, on the slopes of Mt. Elgon.

Youth agribusiness in Uganda: The importance of engaging youth in agricultural enterprises

Maya Turolla, a PhD candidate at the University of Bologna and Radboud University in Nijmegen, collaborated with IITA in Uganda to study how the drive to engage youth in agriculture is materializing in terms of development projects and the role these projects play in the lives of these youth.

Picture of agripreneurs showing off the fish ponds.

IITA opens another incubation center!

In 6 months, a group of IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) has developed another thriving agribusiness center in Imo State, southeastern Nigeria.

Picture of Ms Jacinta Ezurike showing participants how to make various value-added products.

Capacity of youth in agribusiness gets a boost

About 38 youth drawn from Onne, Rivers State, were trained on agribusiness and entrepreneurship and improved agronomic practices and value addition for cassava and plantain/banana.

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