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Few Hours to IITA Youth Agripreneurs’ 2nd Anniversary


Its exactly 1 year, 11 months, 30 days and some hours when DG, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr. Nteranya Sanginga initiated the group, IITA Youth Agripreneurs after an inspirational charge given to the then youths by the president of IFAD, Dr. Nwanze Kanayo.

On the 28th of August, 2012, the then youth corp members working at various units at IITA came together to form a group with common interest in Agriculture that could establish a business enterprise which would solve the pressing issue of youth unemployment. The group has since then faced several developmental challenges that gave the group opportunities to advance from being a youth group into forming a youth institution.

According to Akinyele Bankole, the Coordinator of the institution, “Thursday 28, 2014 would be a day to mark the 2nd year of the group’s existence and also a day to recap the key achievements, state of progress and the key challenges the group has faced and is likely to face in the past 12 months and the coming months respectively”. It is in this concluding 2nd year year of existence, the group started exploiting the value chains of Fishery and vegetables and has since been viable.

Additionally, Ohanwusi Evelyn, “the group has received recognition from both national and international bodies over the past 12 months and we are happy to tell the world tomorrow that indeed Agriculture is the future”.

The major goal of the group is to re-orient youth into more productive engagement in Agriculture through expanded opportunities in Agribusiness, service provision and market-oriented Agriculture in a way that offers secondary benefits to the larger communities.

Are IITA YOUTH AGRIPRENEURS really achieving their major goal?

Are they meeting up to the levels of their objectives?

Can they pin-point “anything” to encourage more youths into Agriculture?

These and many more would be revealed tomorrow August 28, 2014 when the IITA Youth Agripreneurs would celebrate the 2nd Anniversary.


IFAD President, Dr. Nwanze Kanayo (L), while addressing the IITA Youth Agripreneurs and DG IITA, Dr. Nteranya Sanginga (R)

Dr. Nwanze Kanayo, IFAD president – “Your greatest support will be your passion, conviction and drive to move forward”

After the first visit of the IFAD president, Dr. Nwanze Kanayo to the International Institute of tropical Agriculture (IITA) to consolidate the partnership of the organization and the Institute on the August, 2012, the president again visited 22 months after.

During, his first visit was a significant moment which would ever remain in the history of both IITA and the youth in Agribusiness initiative group, IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA); planting of tree to serve as a symbol of initiation of the group and repopulating the Institute.

Dr. Kanayo, during his recent visit (16-17 June, 2014) was intimated with the whole “story” of IYA, including the inception, progress and projections of the group by Ohanwusi Evelyn, while Bekee Barituka presented the cost benefit ratios of the crops the group is involved in. During one of the presentations, Dr. Nwanze Kanayo was reminded how he inspired the youth to engage productively in Agriculture, while exploiting the various opportunities that exist in the Agricultural value chains.

Dr Nwanze Kanayo while commenting after the presentations said the group is an incubator, which will incubate Nigeria’s future. He however, also emphasized on the need for the group to really become independent of its mother (IITA) as it has described itself of.

IFAD President, Dr. Nwanze Kanayo during his tour

The group then took the president, Dr. Nwanze Kanayo on tour moving from one of their work stations to another within the campus to showcase their activities for the past 22 months. Their first stop was at the macro-propagation chamber, where they carry out multiplication of plantlets under controlled environment, followed by the visit to the plantain and banana screen house. They later moved to the on-growing ponds and hatcheries unit of the newly exploited value chain of Fisheries.

Dr. Nwanze Kanayo finally congratulated the group for their success and achievements while also appreciated the DG of IITA for his strong belief in his idea and for bringing it to LIFE in his closing remarks.

In his final words, he made the Youth Agripreneurs to understand that the only elements that will give the greatest support to them while expanding and forging credible independence are PASSION, CONVICTION and THE DRIVE TO MOVE FORWARD.

Dr. Nwanze Kanayo believes that if the group sustainably grows out of the walls of IITA, it will make the quick impacts needed to drive out youth unemployment not only from Nigeria or Africa, but across the globe.

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