IITA Youth Agripreneurs under the N2Africa–to-Borno project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has organised a 3-week intensive training for Borno state youths which seeks to generate employment opportunities that will enable the formation of pioneer models for youth engagement in agribusiness in the state. This is in partial fulfillment of the objectives of the N2Africa phase II project which states to deliver and disseminate, sustainable input supply, and market access. The training project will pioneer models for youth engagement in Agribusiness in this part of Nigeria where job opportunities are also scarce.
Borno state is located in the north-eastern part of Nigeria and has a population of above 4 million as at the last population census accounting for approximately 3 percent of Nigeria’s total population.
Agriculture is a key sector of the state as majority of the people are farmers, herdsmen and fishermen and IITA Youth Agripreneurs have identified this as a tool to transform the livelihood of their people particularly the youths. “The training will be second of its kind in the history of IYA after the training of youths from Cross River state“, Bello Oluwatobi revealed, and the major goal is to enable youths increase their knowledge in sustainable agronomic practices and develop their entrepreneurial skills in agribusiness to promote self-dependence and inspire the replication of the IYA model.