Celebrating International Youth Day and ten years of the youth agripreneur movement
The IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) is recognized as one of the pioneer models for youth engagement in the agriculture sector. Since its inception in 2012, IYA has led several initiatives involving women, the young and old in providing jobs and ensuring food sustainability.
As the world celebrates International Youth Day (IYD) on 12 August, IYA acknowledges the importance of the critical roles of people across generations in achieving a sustainable future for the youth.
Tracing the history of IYA, the role and effort of inclusive generations in the growth of this movement are affirmed. The “Agripreneur” initiative of IITA started with fewer than 50 youth on IITA Campus in Ibadan, Nigeria. It has blossomed, with thousands of young people across Africa benefiting from the program in a decade. Many of the program’s beneficiaries now manage their own farms, while others have chosen other vocations within the agriculture space.
This success can be attributed to the support of the old and young generations who have served as financiers, mentors, and technical experts to IYA.