Agripreneurs Day out at Fasola Grammar School, Oyo.

The Start Them Early Program is a new initiative at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, (IITA). It operates under the Youth in Agribusiness office with a focus on how to advance agribusiness development to secondary schools in Africa. It is aimed at redirecting the aspirations of young people in secondary schools towards careers in […]

IYA KALAMBO ENGAGED IN FACILITATING ACCESS TO FINANCE FOR YOUTH AGRIPRENEURS

The IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) team in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in collaboration with the government of the DRC through the Projet Integré de Croissance Agricole dans Les Grands Lacs, (PICAGL) project, on January 29th, organized an innovation and entrepreneurship competition titled “An Evening with Youth in Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness” which doubled as[…..]

Mentor Monday- Dr. Nteranya Sanginga

Dr. Nteranya Sanginga is the first African director-general of the world-renowned International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the father of Agripreneurship. He was born in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His passion for young people made him founding father of the Youth in Agribusiness (YIA) programme, which encourages young ‘agripreneurs’ by spending[…..]

YEASA Project Awards Grants to Youths

The Youth Employment in Agribusiness and Sustainable Agriculture (YEASA) Project has awarded grants to the youth they trained in Nigeria and the Republic of Benin for the first year of the project, as part of its mandate. The Project, which was launched in July 2019, is set to empower a thousand youths residents in rural[…..]

IYA CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY

The International Youth Day (IYD) is observed annually on the 12th of August and it is endorsed by the United Nations to draw the attention of governments and other concerned institutions to pressing challenges of youths worldwide. The program was first launched in 2000. Every year since its inception, a theme rooted in the Sustainable[…..]

IITA Youth Agripreneurs wins the 2019 International innovation award for sustainable food and agriculture

The IITA Youth Agripreneurs program has won the 2019 International Innovation Award for sustainable food and Agriculture in recognition of its commitment to improving both agribusiness opportunities and creditworthiness of youth across Africa. The award, the first of its kind, funded by the Government of Switzerland, was presented during the 41st conference of the Food[…..]

Youth engagement in Agribusiness is the future for employment opportunity in Africa-Jennifer Blanke

Jennifer Blanke, the Vice President, Agriculture, Human, and Social Development at the African Development Bank (AfDB) have stated that youth engagement in agribusiness is the future for employment opportunities across Africa. Ms. Blanke stated this on Tuesday, March 26 when she visited the IITA Youth Agripreneurs group at the IITA headquarters in Ibadan. Ms. Blanke[…..]

IYA trainee wins 5,000,000Tsh

A trainee of the IITA Youth Agripreneurs, Edmond Ng’walago has emerged as the winner of the 2018 Young Graduate Entrepreneurship award organized by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in collaboration with the National Empowerment Economic Council in Tanzania. Edmond who was selected among 987 young people who applied for the award won the sum of 5,000,000Tsh[…..]

FAO recognizes IYA’s initiative

IITA Youth in Agribusiness program was recognized by the Food and Agriculture Organization as one of the twenty innovations in FAO’s first symposium for family members in Rome between 21st and 23rd November and was requested to display at the fair. The success stories displayed were centred around four key challenges to which agricultural innovation[…..]

The story of a Banker turned Farmer

Rita is an accountant by training but has lots of passion for agriculture. She approached her parents after her studies at the University that she wanted to venture into agriculture but she was discouraged and was advised to search for white collar jobs.  Rita was not ready for any limitation as she made use of[…..]