2021 Young Africa Works-IITA project & Agribusiness Training and Start-ups for Young Nigerians

Deadline: December 12, 2020.

Young Africa Works-IITA project …an innovative approach to agribusiness training and start-ups for Nigeria’s young people
In May this year, the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in partnership with Mastercard Foundation started the Young Africa Works-IITA Project. This project is designed to advance agribusiness
opportunity to over 40,000 Nigerian youths especially women. It focuses on providing skills development, decent employment and entrepreneurship opportunity for youth to secure dignified and fulfilling work in
agri-food value chains for the next five years.


The project and training will focus on; Entrepreneurial and Employment track
A. Entrepreneurship Track. The programme has identified several enterprises and successful agribusiness models attractive to youths. This will guide the intended beneficiaries to produce a bankable business
plan at the end of this training track. The Young Africa Works-IITA project has partnered with financial institution such as Sterling Bank, NIRSAL to facilitate access to sources of finance and credit. Access to
post training support will be facilitated by the project.

B. Employment Track. The program is aware of the skills gap between youth and potential employers, as a result, this training aims to better match these two interests. This will be conducted through commercial
internships and mentorship in order to further advance skills development and find better jobs. Youth emerging from employment-track training are provided assistance to find decent jobs through professional placement services


• Aged 18 – 35 years
• Must be ordinarily resident in the respective municipal area (and live within 5km radius of a cluster)
• Must have attained at least Junior Secondary School 3 (JSS3) for entrepreneurship track & a diploma for employment track
• Willingness to commit at least 6 weeks for the training
• Must demonstrate passion for agriculture
• Interest in the project focus commodities
• Must have access to a functional mobile phone
• Affiliation to a registered association is an added advantage


A certificate will be issued upon completion of the training program.


• Click HERE to apply
• Limited Forms are also available at
a) Lagos State Agricultural Development Authority, 371 Oko-Oba, Agege Motor Rd, Agege, Lagos
b) IITA office, National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) office complex, Zaria Kaduna State.
c) International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Sabo Bakin Zuwo Road, Kano State.
• Application period: November 12th to December 12th, 2020
• A follow up interview may be conducted for the final selection of beneficiaries to be considered for the training.

OFFICIAL LINK: https://youthagripreneurs.org/young-africa-works-iita/

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