Zambian Head of State commends IITA’s Youth-in-agriculture initiative

Zambia Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI) recently facilitated an exhibition program with the theme: “Crop diversification and alternative food”. A team of young people under the ENABLE-TAAT compact attended the event to showcase the modern cassava value chain technologies. Zambian Head of State, His Excellency, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, was also […]

Linking youths to rice value chain

ENABLE-TAAT is collaborating with Mvomero District Council in Morogoro region to build capacity of more youth and ensure more youth-led agribusiness enterprises. The role of Mvomero district is to mobilize youth in the wards into groups through the ward agricultural officers while ENABLE-TAAT provides the selected youths with training and[…..]

COVID-19 Pandemic: YEASA-IITA trains over 146 agripreneurs virtually

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic which affected the learning opportunities for youth globally, The IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) trained over 146 youths in the second year of the Youth Employment in Agribusiness and sustainable Agriculture (YEASA) project using an e-learning platform with contents from the on-site training sessions and materials. http://eduapps.startthemearly.org/[…..]

SARAH Director commends ENABLE-TAAT in Kaoma

From 15-16 December, Dr David Chikoye, IITA’s Southern Africa Research and Administrative Hub (SARAH) Director, visited ENABLE-TAAT trained youths in Kaoma district, Zambia, to monitor the progress of their startups. The 2-day visit allowed for in-depth interaction between the Director and youth-in-agribusiness. Back in 2018, a group of 30 youths[…..]

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[…..]

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[…..]

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[…..]

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[…..]

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[…..]

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[…..]

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[…..]

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[…..]

Cameroon trains YABIC Coordinators for ENABLE Youth Program

As Cameroon implements the ENABLE Youth program in the country, about thirty-two people have been trained to take up the responsibility of Coordinators of Youth Agribusiness Incubation Center (YABIC). The training titled “Boosting Africa’s agriculture to master the future, make it happen” was organized in partnership with the Agricultural Value[…..]

IYA, OFFERCentre partnering to assist young people

IITA Youth Agripreneurs is exploring areas of partnership with the Oluponna Fish Farming and Resource Centre (OFFERCentre) in Iwo Osun State on youth empowerment along the agricultural value chain. To foster the partnership, the Director General of IITA, Dr. Nteranya Sanginga and the team of agripreneurs visited the OFFERCentre on[…..]

Ivorian Youth on study visit to IYA

As part of the preparation for the pilot phase of the ENABLE Youth Program in Cote d’Ivoire, about twenty young people selected for the pilot phase of the project visited IITA for orientation exercise with the IITA Youth Agripreneurs. The youth who were exposed to some of the technologies of[…..]