This project is directed toward realizing IFAD’s vision in empowering African youth through the establishment of a network of youth-centered Agribusiness Hubs in Nigeria. These Hubs are intended to be transformational and integrate agricultural production and processing at two levels, one through imparting skill sets among employment track youth (70% of trainees), and another to equip and backstop young entrepreneurs (30% of trainees).
Furthermore, Integrated Agribusiness Hubs offer more than capacity-building, training, and mentoring services. The pilot enterprises test and refine modernizing agricultural technologies, and demonstrate them to the wider agricultural community in a manner that allows advisory services to grow around them. As the Agribusiness Hubs grow in number and sophistication they form mutually beneficial networks, including in the areas technology transfer, market intelligence, digital agriculture and policy advocacy. The Hubs serve as magnets for commercialization, attracting both new products and financial services.
Our goal is to create sustainable employment and income generating opportunities for youth in agriculture related activities