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IITA 2020 Agricultural Project Training For Young Nigerians

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation through the Young Africa Works Program, seeks to provide the required skills to secure dignified and fulfilling work for youth in agri-food value chains thereby, empowering them for self-employment and employment opportunities, applications are now being accepted from interested and qualified candidates.

The project is working with partners in various sectors; 

  1. To strengthen agricultural training for young people
  2. Provide youth particularly young women with skills needed to better compete for decent employment and develop their own successful businesses in agriculture and agro-processing,
  3. Develop youth-sensitive loan and agribusiness support programs in collaboration with financial institutions that recognize the specialized needs of youth as agricultural borrowers.
  4. Transition youth vocational training centres into youth agribusiness parks that offer workspace, experiential learning, opportunities and collective services to youth

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About International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture, with the ultimate goals of reducing hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. IITA was established in 1967 in Ibadan, the idea of the institute came from Ford and Rockefeller foundations desire to establish a centre for the improvement in quality of tropical foods IITA's research-for-development (R4D) focuses on addressing the development needs of tropical countries. The institute was e... read more


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IITA Agricultural Project Training


Aim and Benefits of IITA Agricultural Project Training

  1. The Young Africa Works-IITA project is currently seeking applicants within Kaduna, Kano, and Lagos, to build their capacity to be trained and work within the supported value chain of rice, soybean, maize, cowpea, poultry, vegetable, mushroom, groundnut, fish and livestock.
  2. The project and training will focus on; Entrepreneurial and Employment track Entrepreneurship Track.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Access to post-training support will be facilitated by the project.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Requirements for IITA Agricultural Project Training Qualification

In order to be eligible to apply for the training, applicants must:

  1. Aged 18 – 35 years
  2. Must be ordinarily resident1 in the respective municipal area (and live within 5km radius of a cluster)
  3. Must have attained at least Junior Secondary School 3 (JSS3) for entrepreneurship track & a diploma for employment track
  4. Willingness to commit at least 6 weeks for the training
  5. Must demonstrate passion for agriculture 
  6. Interest in the project focus commodities
  7. Must have access to a functional mobile phone 
  8. Affiliation to a registered association is an added advantage

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Application Deadline

December 12, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on docs.google.com to apply
  1. 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.
  2. A follow-up interview may be conducted for the final selection of beneficiaries to be considered for the training.

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