What We Do
Over the years, IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) has built its expertise in managing agribusiness project targeted towards the realization of agriculture becoming a business. IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) recognizes the fact that youth lack skills, knowledge, experience, right equipment or resources to achieve becoming agribusiness owners.
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Who We Are
The IITA Agripreneur initiative is a youth in agribusiness model that was established to address the issue of widespread youth unemployment and to provide a platform that propels youth toward self-employment in agriculture. The issue of unemployment is a major issue among African countries because their youth, who constitute the largest population segment, feel marginalized from the economic mainstream and despite their best efforts find little means to meet their expectations for a better life. Nor are they contributing in a meaningful way to the development of their country’s economy.
IITA devised one such innovative solution. It gathered youth at its headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria in August 2012 and established a pioneering agribusiness incubation.
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Since I joined IYA, I understand why more women need to be encouraged to take agriculture as a profession, because what a man can do, a woman can do better. Teach a woman the cowpea value chain and she will produce cowpea and add value to you by producing tidbits.
I do not have a background in agriculture, I studied economics, so for me to have a mind set change was quite difficult because I saw agriculture as a dirty job, but now I know even if I don’t own an agribusiness enterprise, I can be a farmer accountant, helping the farmer keep records to get access to loans and other financial related products.
The training does not only teach you how to grow crops which can be learnt anywhere, but how to add value to these products. The entrepreneurial and business development training, teaches you how to go about starting your business, how to get your finances and so on. It what everybody should come for, whether you have a prior knowledge or not, you have to come to this class.
I decided to join this programme to be independent and be useful to my community. At the end of this programme, I would like to use acquired skills and new technologies to improve my farming.
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