Special IssueN2Africa is a large scale, science-based research-in-development project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with a focus on putting nitrogen fixation to work for African smallholder farmers growing legume crops, through effective production technologies, including inoculants and fertilizers. The project, which is led by the Wageningen University, together with the Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), started in 2011. The second phase of the project started in 2014 and will run for 5 years.
In line with national and continental efforts to stem the burgeoning rate of unemployment, the N2Africa project in 2014, expanded its activities in Nigeria to the north-eastern part, Borno state, to further build sustainable partnerships that will create improved livelihoods and sustainable incomes. The project is specifically providing employment opportunities along the value chains of agriculture and agribusiness for about 2000 youths through the Borno State Youth Agripreneurship Initiative.

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