Mastercard Foundation Young Africa Works-IITA Project 2020

Mastercard Foundation Young Africa Works-IITA Project 2020
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Young Africa Works-IITA project, an innovative approach to agribusiness training and start-ups for Nigeria’s young people focuses on providing skills development, decent employment and entrepreneurship opportunity for youth to secure dignified and fulfilling work in agri-food value chains.

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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.

Project Details

The project is working with partners in various sectors; 

  • To strengthen agricultural training for young people
  • 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,
  • Develop youth-sensitive loan and agribusiness support programs in collaboration with financial institutions that recognize the specialized needs of youth as agricultural borrowers.
  • Transition youth vocational training centres into youth agribusiness parks that offer workspace, experiential learning, opportunities and collective services to youth
Mastercard Foundation Young Africa Works-IITA Project 2020

Eligibility Criteria

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

  • Aged 18 – 35 years
  • Must be ordinarily resident1 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

Training Benefit

  • 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.
  • The project and training will focus on; Entrepreneurial and Employment track 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.
  • 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.

How to Apply

  • Use the Apply button below 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. Contact us youngafricaworks-iita@cgiar.org

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