Empowering African youth and women through agriculture: IITA Youth Agripreneurs’ contribution to a sustainable future

The challenge of unemployment in African countries is a high-priority issue, particularly for the youth, who make up a significant portion of the population. In response to this challenge, IITA–CGIAR established the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) initiative, a youth-in-agribusiness model designed to combat widespread youth unemployment and foster self-employment in agriculture. In August 2012, the […]

How I Convinced My Son With PhD in Electronics to Become Farmer – Obasanjo

A former President of Nigeria and Ambassador of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has stressed the need for stakeholders in the agricultural sector to introduce some glamour and innovations to farming if young people must find it attractive. The former President, who stated this during the inauguration of the Southern[…..]

YAS, 130 others showcase products, services at Lagos Food Fair

The Youth in Agribusiness: Enabling scaling of innovative technologies for sustainable food solutions (YAS) project joined no fewer than 130 organizations and businesses for a three-day exhibition and conference at the recently concluded Nigeria Agro Food Fair in Lagos. During the exhibition, the YAS team showcased various agricultural products that were produced, processed and packaged[…..]

Amplifying TAAT’s impact: Driving agricultural advancements through the Demand Strategy Stakeholder workshop in Abuja

In March, stakeholders from various sectors converged in Abuja, Nigeria, for the Demand Strategy Stakeholder workshop organized by the Policy Innovation Center (PIC). The workshop, a beacon of collaboration and innovation, aimed to explore avenues for leveraging technology to enhance farmers’ productivity, particularly focusing on youth and women’s inclusion in agribusiness activities. The discussions reflected[…..]

Strengthening Adamawa’s Dairy Sector: IITA and Sebore Farms Paving the Way to Prosperity

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is exposing Adamawa state youths to dairy industry opportunities. This is facilitated through two of its youths in agribusiness projects- IFAD Agrihub and the Innovative Youth in Agriculture projects. The two projects have identified Sebore Farms in Adamawa State as a reliable partner to drive this cause. Through[…..]

IITA trains over 1,900 youths in agribusiness; targets 10,000 beneficiaries

As part of concerted efforts to expose youths to diverse opportunities in agriculture, alleviate unemployment, and bolster agricultural productivity in Nigeria to grow wealth and combat poverty, the Youth in Agribusiness (YAS) project of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has successfully trained 1,918 youths in different parts of the country. In collaboration with[…..]

I-Youth Agripark Initiative Thrives

The Agribusiness Park Initiative is strongly helping I-Youth Project beneficiaries through a six-month transformative entrepreneurial program focused on experiential learning within clustered agribusinesses. The initiative is empowering the beneficiaries with tangible support, offering them access to essential resources such as space and agricultural inputs, as well as mentorship. The park provides opportunities for beneficiaries to[…..]

World Bank Country Director challenges Agripreneurs

IYA recently hosted, the Country Director of the World Bank for Nigeria, Dr. Shubham Chaudhuri during his visit to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) headquarters in Ibadan. During the visit, IYA provided a comprehensive overview of its initiatives, achievements, and success stories. The program highlighted its ongoing collaboration with the World Bank on[…..]

Empowering Youth for a Sustainable Future: The impact of green skills in agriculture

Every year, the International Youth Day celebration sheds light on the remarkable potential and responsibilities of young people. To commemorate this special day, IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) hosted a conference aimed at enlightening young minds about the significance of adopting green skills for a more sustainable and eco-friendly future, alluding to the United Nations (UN)[…..]

CGIAR DGs Visit the IITA Youth in Agribusiness Unit

During the Collaborative Engagement of the Directors General of CGIAR Centers based in Africa, as part of a collective commitment to advancing the One CGIAR mission for the benefit of Africa, IITA Youth in Agribusiness (IYA) had the privilege of hosting Dr. Simeon Ehui, the new Director General of IITA and CGIAR Regional Director for[…..]