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40,000 young people in Nigeria to benefit from Young Africa Works-IITA project by BrandSpurNG: 10:27am On Nov 25, 2020
In May this year, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) partnered with the Mastercard Foundation to start the Young Africa Works-IITA Project, an innovative approach to agribusiness training and start-up for Nigeria’s young people. This project was developed in consultation with young people, policymakers, educators, and entrepreneurs as part of the Mastercard Foundation’s strategy to enable 30 million young people in Africa to access dignified and fulfilling work over the next 10 years.

In Nigeria, Young Africa Works aims to see 10 million young people, most of them women, in dignified work opportunities by 2030. In line with this strategy, Young Africa Works IITA-project is designed to advance agribusiness opportunities to over 40,000 Nigerian young women and men with a special focus on skills development, decent employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities to secure work in agri-food value chains for the next five years.

“Agriculture is among the most viable potential source of employment for young people in Africa,” said Chidinma Lawanson, Country Head for Nigeria, Mastercard Foundation. “We are excited to see how our Young Africa Works partnership with IITA will make the agricultural sector more attractive to young people, particularly women by providing skills training in the agriculture value chain for employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.”

To kick off project activities, IITA has launched a call for application to young women and men between the age of 18 and 35 years living in Lagos, Kano, and Kaduna. This training focuses on agribusiness development that will provide young people an opportunity to grow their businesses through coaching and mentoring and learn modern farming and value addition techniques. Young people will also be exposed to agriculture product marketing skills, market linkages, and career orientation through job placements and internship opportunities.

These skills can bridge the gap in establishing viable agribusiness enterprises between youth and potential employers in the agricultural sector. It gives young women—70 percent of all participants—a special opportunity to enhance their participation and adopt entrepreneurship. In highlighting women’s participation, the training and the project seek to create productive partnerships between young men and women and apply a gender-based approach to address some of the challenges faced by young women in the agribusiness sector in Nigeria.

Participants will acquire business and soft skills that will facilitate their integration into the professional field and this year’s training will cover the following value chains: maize, soybean, rice, horticulture, orange-fleshed sweet potato, groundnut, aquaculture, and poultry.

“There will be no development in Nigeria without the youth. The best way to end poverty is to create opportunities, and this is what this project is all about. By creating career opportunities and youth-led enterprises, we are planting a seed of change for the next generation. It is in this line that the Young Africa Works-IITA project was developed by the youth, for the youth, and with the youth,” said Aline Mugisho, Executive Manager, Young Africa Works-IITA project.

SOURCE:https://brandspurng.com/2020/11/25/40000-young-people-in-nigeria-to-benefit-from-young-africa-works-iita-project-training-program/

Re: 40,000 young people in Nigeria to benefit from Young Africa Works-IITA project by serverconnect: 10:34am On Nov 25, 2020
Nice development
Re: 40,000 young people in Nigeria to benefit from Young Africa Works-IITA project by Abidex1988(m): 7:22am On Apr 01, 2021
Good day sir/ma
Please I wanted to ask if there is anyone that has participated in this program before, I wanted to know the benefit that someone who participated in the training will get.
Please anyone to help me. I was shortlisted and am no more in Lagos State and I wanted to know if it worth it coming down to lagos for six weeks.
Thanks
Re: 40,000 young people in Nigeria to benefit from Young Africa Works-IITA project by Modupetemmy1(f): 11:57am On Apr 01, 2021
Abidex1988:
Good day sir/ma
Please I wanted to ask if there is anyone that has participated in this program before, I wanted to know the benefit that someone who participated in the training will get.
Please anyone to help me. I was shortlisted and am no more in Lagos State and I wanted to know if it worth it coming down to lagos for six weeks.
Thanks
we are both in the same both, I am still contemplating if it worth going
Re: 40,000 young people in Nigeria to benefit from Young Africa Works-IITA project by Abidex1988(m): 10:10am On Apr 02, 2021
Thanks for your reply.
Are u also shortlisted for lagos state Am very sure that before Monday someone will help us with the details of the program.
Actually I called them yesterday and I ask them that I will be coming down from Kwara State that will they provide accommodation for us and the lady reply that yes they will and they are still going to send another mail to us which will contain the venue but my problem is that will there be any allowances for us.

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