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  • 8/13/2019 IITA Agripreneur Newsletter

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    to ensure proper research delivery.Prior to the lecture, there was a

    drama presentation by the UNIOSUNEjigbo students. Making up the teamfrom IITA were Dr Gbassey Tarawali,Head of the Cassava Value-chain Unit;Mr Godwin Atser, IITA CommunicationsOfficer (West & Central Africa); andMs Victoria Lawal. Also in attendancewere the Pro-Chancellor of Osun StateUniversity, Prof G.A. Olawoyin; the ViceChancellor, Prof A.B. Okesina; othermembers of staff of the university; andother invited guests.

    IITA DG Sanginga with IYA and members of staff of UNIOSUN after the inaugural lecture

    Governor Ajimobi (second from left) with his entourage and IITA management team during a visit to the ofce of IYA

    The Governor of Oyo State, SenatorAbiola Ajimobi has pledged hisadministrations willingness to workwith IITA towards addressing youthunemployment and food insecurity.

    The Governor has also made a

    commitment to support the constructionof a youth training center in IITA. Thiscame at the request of the DirectorGeneral, Dr Nteranya Sanginga,during the Governors visit to IITA on20 November 2013 in which he also

    commissioned new facilities at theheadquarters of IITA in Ibadan and alsovisited the office of the IYA.

    Governor Ajimobi cited striking figuresthat highlighted the need and benefitsof an agribusiness center as a means of

    training the youth in Oyo State.I congratulate and also commend

    the IITA Youth Agripreneurs and themanagement of IITA for paying attentionto the high rate unemployment in OyoState.

    Oyo State to partner with IITA on youth developmentGovernor Ajimobi also cited how his

    own administrations work complementsthat of IITA.

    Earlier, members of the IYA madepresentations describing the natureof their project. The group explainedthat they aim to unlock the potential

    of agriculture thereby attracting andengaging young men and womenin agribusiness to create decentemployment opportunities comparableto those in other sectors.

    After the presentation, the Governorwas accompanied to the seed processingcenter by the youth where he saw theseed processing machine in operationand had a view of produce from the fieldscultivated by the IYA.

    The Director General of the InternationalInstitute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)Dr Nteranya Sanginga has underscoredthe need for youth engagement inagribusiness. This was part of hispresentation at the 2013 Annual Lectureat the College of Agriculture, Osun StateUniversity (UNIOSUN).

    Making reference to the IITA YouthAgripreneurs (IYA), Dr Sanginga said the

    group was proof of the latent potentialin the youth being exploited foragricultural benefits.

    Dr Sangingas topic: The Needof a Brown Revolution in Africa andEngagement of the Youth in Science-driven Agribusiness drew insights intothe factors constraining agriculture andproffered a road map to the presentchallenge.

    What the continent (Africa) needsis not a Green Revolution perse but aBrown Revolution, he added, stressingthat land intensification, rather thanextensification holds the key to Africasagricultural prosperity in the 21stCentury. He explained that to close thecurrent yield gap, there needed to beintegrated soil fertility management

    which aims at optimizing fertilizer andorganic resource-use efficiency and cropproductivity.

    Dr Sanginga further said that researchshould be used as a tool to tackle povertyand other socioeconomic problems.Research is not an end in itself; ratherit should be embarked upon for thesake of development, he said. The IITADirector General also highlighted thevast disconnect between the gains fromresearch and the realities on farmersfields. He said this has brought to thespotlight the need for strategic alliances

    Dr Sanginga calls for youth engagement in agribusiness

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    Issue no. 3 page 2

    IITA Hub Directors may replicate IYA model

    2013 Open Day: Agripreneurs woo youngsters to agriculture

    Central Africa Hub Director, Bernard Vanlauwe (standing 7th from left) with members of staff and IYA

    There are strong indications that IITARegional Directors may replicate theIITA Youth Agripreneur model as partof efforts to engage young people inagriculture and create employment atthe hub level.

    The desire to replicate a similarprogram came during separate visits by

    Members of the IITA Youth Agripreneursparticipated in the 2013 Open Day,exhibiting products from their farmsand also distributing literature to visitorsabout their activities. The event whichwas held on 16 November providedan opportunity for the agripreneurs totalk to people about the importanceof agriculture as a profession. Theagripreneurs shed light on theiractivities and clarified questions raisedby visitors.

    The Open Day which attractedfriends and families of staff commencedwith a tree planting activity followedby exhibitions in which each unitshowcased their products at theConference Center.

    DG Sanginga (right) and other visitors make inquiry from IYA booth on Open Day

    Eastern Africa Hub Director, Victor Manyong (standing 8th from right) with

    members of staff and IYA

    Southern Africa Hub Director, David Chikoye (standing10th from right) with

    members of staff and IYA

    the directors to the IYA office in Ibadanduring the Institutes R4D week that tookplace from the 24 to 29 November 2013.

    Hub Directors Dr Bernard Vanlauweof the Central African Hub, Dr DavidChikoye of the Southern Hub, and DrVictor Manyong of the Eastern Hubaccompanied by members of staff from

    their respective regions were impressedwith the program.

    Dr Marie Yomeni, SARD-SC CassavaCommodity Specialist based in DR Congosaid the IITA Bukavu station is alreadybringing together a group of youngpeople for a similar mission, and wouldlove the IYA to provide backstopping.

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    Issue no. 3 page 3

    IYA at Canadian High Commission-organized roundtable

    Members of the IYA participated in aroundtable discussion organized by theCanadian High Commission in Nigeria on25 November 2013.

    Eight young female entrepreneurs

    were present for the roundtablediscussion which was focused on youngfemale entrepreneurship. IYA memberObafemi Victoria gave an overviewof IYAs operations and talked aboutthe challenges young women face in

    getting involved in agribusiness. Theroundtable presented the opportunityfor other participants to also share theirexperiences.

    Prior to attending the roundtable,

    members of the IYA received Mr MarcelloDi Franco, the Canadian Deputy HighCommissioner and Dr Paulyn Appah,Senior Process Development Consultant inIITA Ibadan.

    After presentations by the IYA, Mr Di

    Franco commended the youngsters fortheir efforts.

    Keep up the good work and surroundyourself with people with a lot of ideas,he said.

    Present at the roundtable were MsSylvia Koleva and Trade Commissioner,Ms Sarah Branco; Director GeneralAfrica Bureau, Ms Patricia Malikail; HighCommissioner Perry J. Calderwood; andSenior Advisor in Africa, Sean Sunderland.

    IYA and other participants with Canadian High Commission staff during the roundtable

    As part of efforts to get more youngpeople engaged in agriculture,members of IYA went for an outreachin Ibarapa Local Government Areaand gave a seminar presentation

    to the youth in the communityon the benefits inherent inagriculture. The visit to Ibarapa LocalGovernment which is located in

    Oyo State, southwest Nigeria washeld on 30 October 2013. The outreach culminated in apartnership agreement, in principle,between the Local Government andthe IYA that will see the training of

    youths in that community on best-bet agricultural practices.Sixteen representatives fromthe Ibarapa Local Governmentattended the meeting.

    The Chairman of the LocalGovernment, Honorable LanreOlaosegba commended thequality of presentation and laudedthe young agripreneurs for theirlevel of knowledge. He notedthat despite the fact that most ofthem do not have an agriculturalbackground they were able totake up agriculture as a form ofbusiness and a means of income forthemselves.

    The Ibarapa Local Governmentagreed to pay a visit to the IYA tostrengthen the partnership.

    IYA members give seminar on opportunities in agriculture

    IYA with the Chairman of Ibarapa Local Government, Mr Olaosegba

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    Averting a time bomb The IITA ExampleThey are an opportunity if we converttheir energies (the youth) to agriculturaldevelopment but they could be a timebomb if we fail to do so, President ofthe International Fund for AgriculturalDevelopment (IFAD), Dr Kanayo Nwanze.

    The above words were expressed bythe IFAD President Dr Nwanze duringhis speech in August 2012 when hevisited the International Institute of

    Tropical Agriculture (IITA), IbadanNigeria. Among other things he stressedthe need to increase investments inagricultural research for developmentstating that it would bring abouttransformation and help address therising wave of youth unemploymentand poverty.

    The IFAD Presidents word were sodear to the heart of the IITA DirectorGeneral, Dr Nteranya Sanginga that thefollowing month (September 2012) helaunched the IITA Youth AgripreneurPr