Strategic Initiatives

IITA Youth Agripreneurs in 2017: Improved approaches and widespread activities

Year 2017 witnessed the realization of these outcomes as many of the youth trained under the program became CEOs in the agricultural sector and created jobs for other unemployed youth.

Who earns, works more and covers the expenses?

In male-headed households, both men and women perceived themselves as investing more time in farm-related activities than their partners. This result was hugely contested during focus groups; both male and female respondents agreed that men often dedicate more time to fruit vegetable production, while women dedicate more time to leafy vegetable production (see figure). Nevertheless, women still emphasized that they perceive themselves as dedicating more time to farming than men.

Innovative seed production technologies scaled up to boost yam production

The initiative plans to reach approximately 320,000 smallholder farmers in six states in Nigeria (Benue, Enugu, Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa, Niger, and Oyo) and two regions in Ghana (Brong Ahafo and Northern), the two project countries. In the process, other groups such as the certified seed yam producers and marketers will also benefit from selling the high quality yam seed and developing seed business skills for long-term livelihood improvement. Similarly, technical and infrastructural capacities will be strengthened for the national research partners and for the private seed companies to profitably propagate enough high-quality prebasic and basic seed yam.

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