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IYA’s 9th Edition Newsletter

IITA launches Makueni Youth Agripreneurs

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DG-IITA, Dr Nteranya Sanginga with some staff of the Management team and IITA Youth Agripreneurs at the launch of Makueni Youth Agripreneurs in Kenya

As part of its vision to engage youths in agriculture with clear indications of ending youth unemployment in Africa, the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) on 10th of March 2015, launched the Makueni Youth Agripreneurs (MYA).

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CGIAR Consortium CEO visits IITA Youth Agripreneurs

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CGIAR Consortium CEO, Dr Frank Rijsberman with the IITA Youth Agripreneurs at the new Agriserve building

The Chief Executive Officer of CGIAR Consortium, Dr Frank Rijsberman said the IITA Youth Agripreneurs program was a good example of what the Consortium could adopt when focusing on youth.

Dr Rijsberman who visited IYA office during the Humidtropics conference at the IITA headquarters in Ibadan said he was impressed by the activities of the youths which also had strategies built around the Consortium’s new strategy.

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Nigeria launches program to support youths in agriculture across the country

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria, Dr Akinwumi Adesina with the IITA Youth Agripreneurs in Abuja during the ATASP-Phase 1 launch
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria, Dr Akinwumi Adesina with the IITA Youth Agripreneurs in Abuja during the ATASP-Phase 1 launch

The Federal Government on Friday, 6 March 2015 launched the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program (ATASP-Phase1) towards attracting private sector investment, reducing post harvest losses while adding value to local agricultural produce.

Addressing stakeholders at the launch of the initiative in Abuja, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina said the project would cushion the costs of infrastructure while promoting agric value chain development of four Staple Crop Processing Zones to be implemented in Enugu, Anambra, Niger, Kebbi, Sokoto, Kano and Jigawa States. He said the program would add an additional 20,000 metric tons of key commodity crops per year while creating 200,000 new jobs for young people.

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IYA diversifies to pig farming

Olaniyi Ajibola at the pig pen of the IITA Youth Agripreneurs
Olaniyi Ajibola at the pig pen of the IITA Youth Agripreneurs

The IITA Youth Agripreneurs have diversified into piggery production. IYA will be producing “low fat” pork meat for its consumers.

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IITA Kalambo Youth Agripreneurs to replicate model among Catholic parishes

Catholic Archbishop of Bukavu, DR Congo, Msgr Francois Xavier Maroy during his visit to IITA Kalambo Youth Agripreneurs’ office
Catholic Archbishop of Bukavu, DR Congo, Msgr Francois Xavier Maroy during his visit to IITA Kalambo Youth Agripreneurs’ office

The Catholic Archbishop of Bukavu, Msgr. Francois Xavier Maroy has called for the replication of IITA Kalambo Youth Agripreneur (IKYA) project in all the Catholic parishes of Bukavu. Msgr Maroy who stated this during a courtesy visit to the IKYA processing centre in Bukavu said the replication would help in engaging other unemployed youths in the area.

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IITA Tanzania Youth Agripreneurs adopt the use of new technology

IITA Tanzania Youth Agripreneurs setting up the screen-house for vegetable production
IITA Tanzania Youth Agripreneurs setting up the screen-house for vegetable production

The IITA Tanzania Youth Agripreneurs (ITYA) have adopted the use of screen house technology in their vegetable production.This development which is part of ITYA’s recent activity will be used to protect tomatoes against pests, diseases, and unfriendly climatic conditions that affect yields.

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IITA Youth model excites Ghana high Commission

The Ghana High Commission team and the IITA Youth Agripreneurs
The Ghana High Commission team and the IITA Youth Agripreneurs

Ghana High Commission has described the IITA Youth Agripreneurs initiative as one worthy of emulation.

Ghana High Commissioner to Nigeria, H.E. William Azumah Awinador Kanyirige stated this when he recently paid a courtesy visit to IITA Youth Agripreneurs office in Ibadan.

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Some members of the newly launched Makueni Youth Agripreneurs working on the Kibuezi farm
Some members of the newly launched Makueni Youth Agripreneurs working on the Kibuezi farm

Activities have commenced at the Kibwezi farm of the Makueni Youth Agripreneurs.

The land which is a property of the University of Nairobi was acquired after a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between IITA and the University.

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IITA Agripreneur to participate in 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship

Eric Sika, a youth agripreneur from IITA Kalambo Station, has been selected to participate in the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African Leaders from 19 June 2015 to 6 August 2015. Prior to this fellowship, Eric graduated from the Catholic University of Bukavu with a bachelors degree in agronomy. The fellowship is a flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The selection was keenly contested by a large number of youths across Africa. Eric, having been selected, will study business and entrepreneurship for six (6) weeks at the University of Winconsin-Stout.

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IITA Youth Agripreneurs move to new building

The new Agriserve building
The new Agriserve building

The IITA Youth Agripreneurs have relocated from their former office at the FAO Yard to occupy one of the wings at the newly constructed Agriserve Building. The state-of-the-art building, which is set for commissioning soon, is the first of its kind in the history of IITA.

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WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT OF NIGERIA, DR. AKINWUMI ADESINA REPRESENTED BY DR. LEKAN QUADRI

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Dr. Lekan Quadri (representative of the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Nigeria, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina) delivering the welcome speech

It is indeed my privilege and honour to present this address in this workshop titled Agripreneurial and Business Management Training.

  1. We are all aware of the high youth unemployment situation in this country, like in other nations worldwide, and its consequences on our socio-economic well-being, which fortunately the Transformation Agenda of Mr. President (Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan) is addressing aggressively through the various interventions in different sectors of the economy. Nigeria is an agrarian economy and the fact that for years the country has not given agriculture the right attention due in part to over reliance on oil, is partly at the root of the unemployment problem. To put Nigeria on the right trajectory, the Transformation Agenda has unequivocally recognized agriculture as the sector with the biggest potential for mass job creation and the most viable for poverty alleviation among both graduated and rural youth as well as women.
  2. In 2011 and in recognition of this fact, Mr. President (Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan ) directed that the Agricultural Transformation Agenda, in addition to food and nutritional security, focus on massive job creation for the youth. Accordingly, my Ministry (FMARD) under technical assistance of UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and consultation with youth and other stakeholders, designed and developed the Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP). This was followed by its approval by the National Agricultural Council in 2013 and official launching during the 2013 Economic Summit by Mr. President (Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan). The presentation and discussion at these forums was to garner support from all stakeholders, to underscore the importance of issue of youth empowerment in the country and to serve as an advocacy tool for all to contribute to the realisation of Mr. President’s vision on youth empowerment for our dear country Nigeria.
  3. Nigeria is reported to have about 67 million youth, 50% of which were unemployed in 20t1. This was more than double that of Ghana at 25.6% and the national average at 23,9% in 2011, which unfortunately has also been growing by 16% annually since 2007.

       The 1991 census recorded 88 million people as the population of        Nigeria, which doubled by 20 years later to 165 million people.              This means that 50% of Nigeria’s population, or approximately              80 million Nigerians, were born in the last 20 years. This                             population explosion has had a dramatically negative effect on             youth employment as an ever-increasing number of youth enter           the workforce, with limited prospect for employment. There are           simply not enough jobs to keep up with the growing youth                         population.

  1. Ladies and Gentlemen, with our natural endowment for agriculture as you are all aware, Mr. President (Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan) has made it a cardinal pillar in his Transformation policies to address gender inequalities in Nigeria, because with 49% of Nigeria’s population being women, it is smarter economics to address the issue of women empowerment in all our policies and programmes. There are enormous opportunities in the sector for employment and wealth creation for our teeming youth population. Therefore, Agripreneural and Business Management training will be the vehicle that will properly situate our youth – both males and females to seize these opportunities for self-realisation and employment generati on.
  2. Agripreneural and Business Management training, ladies and gentlemen, will provide this nation with the vehicle to change the fortunes of our teeming youth population and by extension the nation. However it requires a collaborative approach and contributions of all from the public to private, civil societies and donor communities to attain the level of success it is capable of delivering. Specifically, I wish to appeal to high net worth individuals, political office holders and the corporate world to channel a large chunk of your Corporate Social Responsibility budgets to upscale or contribute to youth employment in agriculture through support to enabling environment, patient capital windows, revitalization of our extension systems, provision of social safety nets, increase access to productive resources for youth and women especially in the rural areas. These measures will enable our youth and women to unlock and access the employment generation potentials of the sector and set Nigeria on the way to industrialization.
  3. Finally, I want to thank the Management of EKIMIKS NIG. LTD for organizing this event in partnership with IITA.

I would like to use this opportunity to appeal to all our corporate bodies to emulate EKIMIKS NIG. LTD in the nation’s quest to provide a sustainable solution to youth unemployment in Nigeria.

I want to personally acknowledge the immense contribution of the DG IITA (Dr. Nteranya Sanginga) for the youth in Agriculture Initiative that started under his leadership.

Thank you all for your attention.