Youth Employment in Agri-business and Sustainable Agriculture Project – The YEASA project aims to link rural youth (18–35 years) with access to agricultural resources, technical and practical skills, credit facilities as well as other services needed to establish agribusiness enterprises and maximise their ability to benefit from existing agrifood systems.
The project will empower one thousand young rural adults in the Republic of Benin (Parakou and Cotonou) and Nigeria (Oyo and Ekiti) for a period of three years (2019-2022) to establish agribusinesses and gain employable skills along the value chains of maize, cassava, plantain, cowpea & soybean, and machine fabrication.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) sponsors YEASA and the project is implemented by three institutions; AfeBabalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), the grant recipient, and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the AfricaRice Center as sub-recipients.
IITA will leverage Incubation Centres across Oyo State including the IITA-Oyo State Agribusiness Park Center, Awe to endow 200 young rural adults in Nigeria and the Republic of Benin.
The expected outcomes include: Skilling up rural youths to establish successful on-farm and off-farm agribusinesses and make them employable in agro-industry; increase agro-industrial value added and employment along the entire agribusiness value chain in maize, cassava, plantain, cowpea & soybean, and machine fabrication; Provide lucrative opportunities for a wide range of rural workers, especially the emerging generation of young people.
How to Benefit
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