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IYA and its Capacity Development method

 

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Capacity development is one of the major services rendered by IITA Youth Agripreneurs. IYA builds the capacity of young entrepreneurs into professional agribusiness enterprise owners. We facilitate the establishment of solid and thriving agribusiness enterprises, while developing the strong-wills of entrepreneurs into a self-sustainable one.

Our focus is based on, but not limited to the designing and facilitating of the following training modules.

  • Entrepreneurship development
  • Project Administration
  • Financial Management in Projects
  • Leadership and Business Management skills
  • ICT in Agribusiness
  • Proposal development
  • Post-harvest Mechanization
  • Crop production and farm mechanization

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How we do this

IYA adopt the use of systemic approach to build the capacity of our trainees. The use of this approach help builds sustainable skills and knowledge of our clients majorly young farmers who intend to establish self-sustaining agribusiness enterprises. This can be done through the following:

  1. Needs Assessment Analysis for prospective trainees
  2. Define the goals, objectives and content of the training program
  3. Program design
  4. Facilitate the program: some of the major methods used during program facilitation:
  • Brainstorming to identify new ideas and explore attitudes
  • Case Studies to identify solutions based on real-life situations
  • Debates to explore different points of view
  • Demonstrations to explain or teach skills
  • Discussion to share knowledge and explore options
  • Field Trips to give practical experience and to learn about identified subjects on the field
  • Lectures to convey information in brief periods of time
  • Reflection to debrief sessions and to conduct evaluation
  • Role-Plays to identify solutions and to engage participants
  • Simulations to identify solutions and to engage participants
  • Videos to provide visuals and aid learning
  1. Program Evaluation

Our experience so far

For about three years, IYA through partnerships with private, public and international organisations has carried out a well-defined training program for youths in Nigeria and across Africa, particularly at few IITA hubs and stations.

  • We have collaborated withN2Africa project to train youths from the southern part of Borno State on “Sustainable agronomic practices and Entrepreneurial skills in Agribusiness. Click here to read more
  • We have trained youths from Cross-Rivers State Click here to read more.
  • Under the High Quality Cassava Flour project of IITA, IYA has trained about 100 youths.
  • Training of 80 National Youth Service Corp members.

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IITA Youth Agripreneurs prepare for an Entrepreneurial and Business training workshop

 

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IITA youth Agripreneurs (IYA) will be sharpening its entrepreneurial and business management skills by participating in a three-day Entrepreneurial and Business Management Training Workshop organized and sponsored by Ekimiks Nigeria Limited.

IYA with some of their other counterparts from other 5 selected African countries such as Kenya, Zambia, DR Congo, Tanzania and Uganda will convene at IITA’s conference center in Ibadan, Nigeria between 3rd and 5th of February to gather experience that will facilitate effective management of their agribusiness enterprise.

Ekimiks Nigeria Limited is a consulting firm that seeks to empower business owners and managers including budding entrepreneurs on financial and management related issues that will  facilitate effective and efficient running of the organizations.

IYA’s Head of Capacity Development Unit Owoeye Molayo stated that the workshop became imperative because of the roles being played by IYA among youths in the agricultural sector. She added that the workshop will better equip and prepare agripreneurs for future challenges especially in the business world.

IITA Youth Agripreneur IYA is a group of young vibrant minds from different educational backgrounds who have embraced agriculture as a means of livelihood. This group of 35 youths focus on promoting agriculture among other youths by providing them with training and exposure on agricultural best practices and value chain. The organization which has its head office at the IITA headquarters in Ibadan has been replicated in other IITA hubs such as Tanzania, DR Congo and Zambia.

The workshop is aimed at creating and/ enhancing productivity and ultimately profitability of the young agripreneurs involved along various value chains of agriculture and is expected to transform the attitude of all participants, while strengthening their skills for increased productivity.

Various sessions at the workshop include: Leadership and Self-Management in Entrepreneurship, Essential Business skills, Business Accounting, Effective Sales and Marketing Strategies, Creating a Bankable Business and many others would be used to facilitate the learning processes.

At the end of the training, the trainees are expected to have a basic knowledge of Book-keeping and Accounting, Zero defects  in Business Operations, Corporate Governance Practices, Fundamental Entrepreneurial Skills etc.

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IITA Youth Agripreneurs plan to train Borno youths in Agribusiness

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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.

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