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IYA TRAINS BORNO YOUTHS

Group photograph; Professor Alphonse Emechebe (sitting; 6th from right), Dr Emmanuel Sangodele (sitting; 5th from right), Dr Kamia (4th from right), Mr Quadri Shakiru (6th from left), IITA Youth Agripreneurs (lemon green shirt) and Borno State Youths (Blue shirts)

IYA under N2Africa-to-Borno project on September 16, 2015 concluded a training workshop for 20 young men and women from southern part of Borno State on entrepreneurship skill development and sustainable agronomic practices.

The workshop themed “Agribusiness – Key to Productive Youth Engagement”, which started on September 7, 2015 at IITA, Kano Station featured resource persons from 2 international institutes; International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), IITA Youth Agripreneurs and Federal government agencies; Bank of Industry (BOI), and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).

The workshop started with a welcome address/presentation by Dr Emmanuel Sangodele, N2Africa Country Representative who described the goal and objectives of N2Africa in Nigeria and Borno State, and encouraged the trainee participants to show affinity to new skills and knowledge that will enhance their self-dependence in agriculture.

Training on Agribusiness Marketing
Training on Agribusiness Marketing
Explaining value chain on groungnut, soybean and cowpea
Classroom activity on value chain analysis
Visit to catfish enterprise; explaining the local techniques.
Visit to catfish farm: Adesanya Omotomiwa explaining the locally-fabricated equipment used in catfish production
Mr Aliyu Adinoyi showing one of the post harvest machines (grinder) for groundnut processing
Post-harvest mechanization: Mr Aliyu showcasing the locally-fabricated post harvest machines for groundnut

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Different sessions during the workshop which included; Post harvest mechanization; ICT in Agribusiness;  Agribusiness Marketing; Safe and Effective use of Pesticides; Introduction to Entrepreneurship; Micro Small and Medium Scale Enterprise;  Cowpea, Groundnut and Soybean Production; and Farming Systems enabled the trainees identify various value chains of interest and to set up business enterprises around them.

At the end, the trainee participants were lectured on how to write a bankable business plan for their respective agribusiness enterprises.

According to the trainee participants, the workshop has not only changed the outlook of agriculture for them but has also exposed them to the opportunities inherent in agriculture especially along the value chains of various crops and fishery.

The trainees speak:
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I like the fact that agriculture has a lot of value chains. Before now, I never wanted to do agriculture because I didn’t like going to the farm, but now I can still be involved, all I need is to be an actor different from the producer along a value chain.

Danjuma Mallim: I have learned the appropriate ways of applying herbicides. I have learned the best practices to put in place especially for groundnut, soybean and cowpea.

Dorathy Balami: I like the experience of the IITA Agripreneurs and how they have imparted knowledge especially when it comes to marketing products using the 4 Ps (Product, Promotion, Price and Place) in Marketing.

Samson Jibir Wakawa: I now know the basic steps to follow when establishing an agribusiness enterprise. As an entrepreneur, idea and money are not just the things you need, planning is very important to succeed as a business owner.

Participants with their certificates
Trainee participants with their certificates

At the end of the workshop, the trainee participants expressed gratitude to N2Africa for the great privilege to participate in the program and promised to put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired during the training.

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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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KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE MANAGING DIRECTOR, EKIMIKS NIGERIA LIMITED

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Mr Tope Ekiyor Miriki, Managing Director of Ekimiks Nigeria Limited delivering a keynote address

 

Good Morning distinguished ladies and Gentlemen. All protocols duly observed please.

We welcome you all to this Business Training Workshop jointly organised by Ekimiks and IITA. For us in Ekimiks, it is a great honour to be associated with the IITA Young Agripreneurs (IYA) initiative.

We are aware of the frightening statistics on youth unemployment in Nigeria and Africa at large, the IYA initiative is one of many solutions that would help to reduce this menace. The IYA is collaborating with other initiatives including the recently launched Youth Employment in Agriculture Program (YEAP) to ensure that the youth are given the necessary opportunities to exit the unemployment queues and excel as Business Owners.

The newly coined term “Agripreneur” we all know, is a combination of 2 words – Agriculture and Entrepreneur. It implies that those fit this description have the required competencies in both Production and Entrepreneurship.

We trust that IITA with its vast array of Agricultural Scientists and Experts has been able to train the IYA members in the best Agricultural Practices. However to be a true Agripreneur, each one must have the essential Business Management skills that would enable them not only to survive but to thrive and excel as Entrepreneurs. We know that all business is tough – business survival ratio is less than 50%, but Agriculture is even tougher than others. Therefore, it is vital that our Youth Agripreneurs are adequately prepared so they would excel – not only in the Technical aspects but in the Business aspects too; hence the need for a Business Training forum.

As a company founded by a young entrepreneur many years ago, Ekimiks chose to sponsor the Business Management training aspect of the development of the young Agripreneurs. It is our own little contribution to the efforts of IITA and the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina in ensuring that young Nigerians and Africans are effectively equipped for 21st century living.

The objective of this workshop is to bring high grade Business Management education like those obtained in the best Business Schools to our young Agripreneurs. The curriculum has been carefully designed and it covers all major areas that an Entrepreneur needs to develop the necessary proficiencies.

I therefore, urge all the participants to take full advantage of the workshop; pay attention, learn, write notes, ask questions, participate in discussions. Opportunities like this are not commonplace – please use it well.

We thank our invited guests for honouring our invitation. Many of them are accomplished Agripreneurs – Role Models that the young ones would do well to learn from and follow their examples.

We thank IITA for the opportunity to partner with them in this very laudabke project.

We thank the Training Consultants – LA Consult for their role in designing and facilitating this program. We trust that they would deliver the quality education that they are reputed for.

Thank you all and do have a great program.

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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