Agribusiness4LIFE: Building Sustainable Livelihood, Innovation, Food Security and Empowerment in Zambia

Three members of the Czech University of Life Sciences,Prague namely Anna Maňourová and Jan Staš (from the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences) and Jan Tauchen (from the Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources ) are currently in Western province of Zambia, implementing a project “Agribusiness4Life” in cooperation with Charita Česká republika and Caritas Czech Republic in Zambia.

Their aim is to work on innovation in food processing, identification of neglected crops/potential novel foods and also to provide lectures and workshops at University of Barotseland.

Enjoy the pictures below:

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The Agribusiness4LIFE Project is  a sustainable Livelihood, Innovation, Food Security and Empowerment in Zambia by the Czech Development Agency, from 2018-2022.


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Apply for the 1st International Conference on Agroecology Transforming Agriculture & Food Systems in Africa

Screen Shot 2019-04-19 at 9.56.07 AMThe world faces challenges: poverty, hunger and malnutrition are prevailing, the global society has unfair distribution of wealth and power, we lose biodiversity of life forever, the natural resources like soil and water are deteriorating and the planet’s climate is changing.

Based on evidence of successful practitioners in the field and in the trade around the world, based on the calls of world leaders in agriculture including from FAO and African Union, we believe that agroecology/ecological organic production systems are the true future Africa’s food systems. These systems are very knowledge intensive and take advantage of both traditional knowledge and modern science through collaboration between farmers and researchers based on mutual respect.

This Conference will:

  • Underscore the call for private and public decision makers to support food and agricultural systems and practices that are healthy, equitable, efficient, resilient, and culturally diverse, using renewable energy resources.

  • Emphasize and strongly support women’s role in the production of nutritious food, recognizing the importance of engaging the women, youth and communities as active partners in sustainable food systems.

  • Endorse the right of people, communities and countries to define their own food systems, which are ecologically, socially, economically and culturally appropriate to their unique contexts, and to empower producers and consumers to make better decisions and choices.


For details of the conference, including Abstract submission and registration please click here.

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Nigeria: Register FREE and Attend NAF Agribusiness Summit, 2019

Nigeria Agropreneurs Forum (NAF) is pleased to invite you to attend the NAF Agribusiness Summit, 2019.

Theme: ‘Harnessing Value Chain Development for Agriculture and Farmers’ Income Improvement’

The following topics and speakers will feature at NAF Agribusiness Summit, 2019;

Keynote Speaker

Hon. Joe Utomi, The Honourable Commissioner For Agriculture and Natural Resources, Delta State

Register now!

Session Discussants

Rice value chain by Barr. Raymos Guanah, CEO Raymos Guanah Farms Ltd

Key to success in poultry processing by Mr. Olajitan Ayanfeoluwa, CEO Harbins Agro-Allied Ltd

Agribusiness opportunities: Developing fertilizer for vegetables, herbs and tomato using local resources by Mrs. Helen Esomo, Technical Director, Nature’s Hand Works

The undervalued economic opportunities in fruit farming in Nigeria by Mr. Oluwagbenga Adewole, Founder Krok’s Foods

Understanding food safety and quality requirements in agricultural value chain by Mr. Emeka Chukwurah, Lead Regulatory Projects at CQRAFF Solutions Ltd

Agro economy development and strategies by Prince Enahoro, GMD, Peniel Gerar Int’l

Date: 22nd, March, 2019

Time: 8:30 am

Venue: Lamibele event centre, opposite Government house, Asaba, Delta state

Fee: Free,

To attend, please register (Attendance is by Registration)

Register now!

For further enquiry regarding media partnership, sponsorship, exhibition and advert placement please contact Ayodele on 07066515451,

Nigeria Agropreneurs Forum (NAF) is a professional network of agribusiness practitioners that Share agribusiness opportunities, help members Learn good agricultural practices and management as well as Earn via marketing of their products & services.


Register now!






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Preorder Irrigation systems for the 2018/2019 Dry Season

we are launching season 3 of our yearly consolidated irrigation, tagged 2018/2019 Dry Season Irrigation Preorder, it is our believe that this will assist many farmers to really make good money from dry season farming of the various horticultural crops they choose to do! For details of Season 1 and Season 2 of our Dry Season Irrigation Preorder(click link)

For the first time, we have are solely doing preorder of drip irrigation kits(though we may extend to other irrigation types if we see much interest) via Ocean freight(this will drastically reduce the cost of these items). One of the reasons many people give for not using effective irrigation in the dry season is the cost, many farmers still see irrigation as expensive not effective! The truth is these irrigation kits are not expensive it is the costs associated in bringing them in that makes them expensive.

We have partnered with a manufacturer that is willing to give us good quality drip irrigation for a great price. Why drip irrigation? Well drip irrigation is the most effective and water saving irrigation system ever, take it or leave it! I am writing both as a farmer(who uses this irrigation method) and as an irrigation expert. Water is the most critical resource in dry season, even industrial borehole and streams may dry up in the heat of the dry season when you need water most, especially when you use irrigation methods that drains water easily from your water source!

What is more? These drip irrigation systems are complete, they come with the 16mm diameter drip tapes (0.3mm or 0.4mm thickness, 3l/h flow rate), 2 inch diameter PE Lay flat(1mm thickness), off take connectors for lay flat, end plug, joiners(to link two emitting pipes together), 2 inch venturi injectors (for fertigation), Puncher(for installation), Filter (disc type) – everything you need to install a drip system, the only thing you will need is to buy a tank. We will provide you free irrigation assessment, and design tailored to your farm area but you pay us for installation.


Tomato grown with drip irrigation

Irrigation description:
Diameter 16mm drip tapes, 0.3mm or 0.4mm thickness(you make your choice), embedded emitters (10cm to 100cm-you make your choice but price is higher with closely spaced Emitters)

Complete Drip Irrigation package for 0.3mm thickness(sufficient for 2-3 acres)
12000m of drip tapes
3 rolls of 2 inch PE Lay Flat
600 pieces of offtake connectors for Lay flat
600 pieces of end plug for 16mm drip tape
100 pieces of joiners
2 pieces of 2 inch type venturi injectors
2 pieces of disc filter (2 inch)
2 pieces of D17 punchers

Package Cost: N586,800

Complete Drip Irrigation package for 0.4mm thickness(sufficient for 1 hectare)
10000m of drip tapes
2 rolls of 2 inch PE Lay Flat
600 pieces of offtake connectors for Lay flat
600 pieces of end plug for 16mm drip tape
100 pieces of joiners
2 pieces of 2 inch type venturi injectors
2 pieces of disc filter (2 inch)
2 pieces of D17 punchers

Package Cost: N546,300

Package 3 is custome made order: if you like to make orders from items in package 1 and two above, you are highly welcome. This package is for everyone who wants to go into farming. The lowest package is a 1 acre kit as itemized below:

Complete Drip Irrigation package for 0.3mm thickness, 3l/h flow rate, you specify your spacing method:
4000m of drip tapes
1 roll of 2 inch PE Lay Flat
200 pieces of offtake connectors for Lay flat
200 pieces of end plug for 16mm drip tape
50 pieces of joiners
1 piece of 2 inch type venturi injectors
1 piece of disc filter (2 inch)
1 piece of D17 punchers

Package Cost: N200,000

NOTE: You can preorder package 1 and 2 and shipping will be arranged within 72 hours. However, waiting time from Ocean freight to our shipping company in Lagos is 2.5 – 3 months

For package 3: if your total order item is up to 1 Cubit Meter of space in the container(Less than Container Load-LCL), it will be treated as above however if your items is less than that then you will have to wait until we get others who are interested to complete the orders.

If you are interested in the above then call/WhatsApp 07036931636.

Are you a farm cooperative or NGO interested to empower farmers with drip irrigation, this 2018/2019 Dry Season? Then contact us today! We have offer great offers far cheaper than the above, if you are buying drip irrigation systems that will cover up to 100 hectares, or even 5000 hectares! We got you covered.

Update: Want to try out drip irrigation on just 1 plot? No problem, you can now preorder a 600m2 drip kit: 1000m roll drip tape of 0.3mm thickness, 50 rubber grommet, 50 offtake connectors (for PVC pipes), water filter and venturi injector…All for N50,000 only! All you need are tank and PVC pipes as mainline!

You can also get sprinklers= you need 60 pieces for 4 hectares. Costs N5,000 per piece in our 2018/2019 preorder…that is N300,000 total! call/WhatsApp 07036931636

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How to Tap into the Pineapple farming goldmine for profit in Nigeria

Nigeria is the largest producer of Pineapple in Africa and the 7th largest in the world, with Costa Rica, Brazil, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and India being first six. Pineapple farming is indeed a great goldmine in Nigeria as the fruit can be processed into Jams, syrups, dried fruit chips, e.t.c which can be used locally or exported.


Mr. Patrick Konkon, CEO KONKONEX FARM LIMITED Nigeria

How to tap into this Goldmine

Been a key player in the commercial production of pineapples in Nigeria with over 100,000 acres of pineapple under cultivation in various communities in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, KONKONEX FARM LIMITED Nigeria – a fully registered Agribusiness company in Nigeria is poised to provide the following services to encourage other investors to key into this goldmine:
(1) Provide over 1,000 acres of available land for lease.
(2) Provide planting materials(suckers) for the investor.
(3) Provide a trained agronomic consultant who will provide expert advise and make sure you have a great product.

It is worthy of note that Nigeria is an ideal country for the production of pineapple due to the favorable weather conditions and large market(chataceterised by a population of about 180 million people) for the fruit as well as its processed products.

Nigeria has a huge and untapped market potential in the sale and use of processed pineapple products as we currently import concentrates(used for the production of fruit juice and sweetners) from South Africa(the second largest producer in Africa) and with the entry of SHOPRITE into the huge Nigerian retail market, canned South African Pineapples additionally creates a sleek entry into the Nigerian market.

Despite being the seventh producer of pineapples in the world, Nigeria
ranks thirty-ninth on world export market, hence the trade holds nice
potential with an expected upward growth curve. Hence investors can also key into producing pineapples for export, this is an untapped market that can be keyed into as Nigeria has great potential for producing good pineapple products.

For those who will like to key into the market as pineapple processors, we expect to have a large quantity of pineapple fruit for sale in August, 2018.

Our Pineapple fruits are sweet cayenne variety and they are highly
suitable for making fruit juices, jams, and dried fruit chips.

Whether you want to grow pineapples for the local market or for export and don’t know how or you want to go into/or are already in processing and you need large pineapple fruits for your production chain – KONKONEX FARM LIMITED Nigeria got you covered! We have highly experienced hands to setup your farm, provide you planting materials and supply you a large quantity of fruits.

Contact us today and let’s do business together.

Contact Person: Kingsley Dudu
Our farm is located at Ovia South West G.L.A, Benin City, Edo State.About 3 hours drive from Lagos and 40 Minutes flight from Lagos to Benin.

To book an appointment for a visit or further enquiries contact our Phone Numbers: +234(0)805 391 7978, (0)813 268 9472.Or Email:

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e-Agriculture update : Block chain use in agriculture #AgBlockchain

The e-Agriculture Team is inviting interested person to a Twitter chat on “The use of blockchain for Agriculture” which will be held on Twitter

The following are the details:-

  • Date : Tuesday 27 February 2018
  • Time : 11:00 to 18:00 (CEST) (Time convertor)
  • Hashtag#AgBlockchain

Blockchain technology

The blockchain became popular and permeated most sectors and saw the increasing application of cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin.

Blockchain technology is basically a decentralized record-keeping system that allows global citizens worldwide to share a digital ledger to track transactions through a network of computers. This happens with no need for a centralized control and its main advantage is that it is secure and provides instant verification.

Within agriculture, and indeed in the #ICT4D, blockchain is slowly being adopted. Recently, the GSMA report, “Blockchain for Development: Emerging Opportunities for Mobile, Identity and Aid” has provided use cases of initial adoption in the developmental world.

This twitter chat seeks to highlight the possible use cases, successes and challenges of this technology and how blockchain can help achieve eliminate hunger and malnutrition.

Questions we will be addressing:

  1. Q1. How would you define blockchain in one tweet?
  2. Q2. What are the main benefits of blockchain brings to agricultural development?
  3. Q3. How is blockchain currently used to fight hunger and malnutrition?
  4. Q4. What policy issues do you think need to be addressed in blockchain adoption?
  5. Q5. What are the challenges of using blockchain for international development?

Quick tips for Twitter chat participants

  • Always include the chat hashtag
  • Also include e-Agriculture handle @e_agriculture in your twits
  • Keep it short (well twitter limits you)
  • Reply directly for 1-on-1 conversations
  • Be polite and positive
  • Use Twitter handles in your tweets
  • Do not use the platform to commercially market any service. This is a non-commercial discussion

For more information ask here 


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6 Steps to succeed in Agribusiness as a #Youth…my experience! #IYD

Well its 12th August and today been the International youth day, I decided to reflect on the African Youth and their get rich quick farming mentality. Everyone wants to become a cucumber farmer, now everyone wants to go into tomato farming, soon they will all rush into another quick returns agribusiness venture, even considering doing 2 acres of farm when they have never planted a mustard seed in their backyard, doing all this without any practical knowledge or training but ALL based on what some internet marketer put up in some e-book or what some mathematician cooked up in one corner of their one room and put on the internet…#shame!


Several practical farmers creates opportunities for Youths to learn, rather what the youth does is get a land somewhere then after planting they start bombarding you with calls and of course you try to help a brother or sister by teaching them on phone and when this doesn’t work, they either fail or partly succeeds below their expectations! We need to reset our mindset from the “default settings” of get rich quick farming…there is no such thing as get rich quick Agribusiness, if you want to ever make money and I mean real money, not the one you make money accidentally once and lose the remaining times…you have to learn from experienced farmers, you have to start small and finally and most importantly you NEED money.

I once got a funny call by a youth who wanted to do 1 acre of ugu vegetable farm with another on a land near a water source, so when i asked them their plan for irrigation they said hand watering…hand what? you need at least 5 people to water 1 acre of Ugu very well everyday, can you afford NGN10,000 per week for watering? They said No…can you afford 4000 seeds of ugu, even at NGN25 naira/seed then they said No! we don’t have money. Then why do you want to go into Ugu farming when you neither have money or knowledge/ they reminded me they wanted to make quick money in the dry season. Then, I told them the bitter truth: You need to learn from a practical ugu farmer and start a farm you can afford…if you were the one who called that day, hope you heeded that advise? Please let me know privately!

I hope this write up touches someone, an African youth to think, i mean “use their head well”, Agribusiness is not a get-rich-quick scheme please, do yourself a favour as you read this don’t ever invest your savings with the hope to make quick returns without applying the steps below.

To succeed in Agribusiness as a young person is possible however you must do the following:
(1) Change your mindset from “Get Rich Quick from Farming” to “Get Rich from Farming Smart.”
(2) Learn from a practical farmer, learn everything right…from production to Post Harvest Management and Marketing!(even if it takes you up to a year, after all some youth spent several years to be called a University graduate)
(3) After learning from a farmer, select an area in the agribusiness value chain of the crop(s) you you learnt that you wnt to go into: Production, Processing, Post Harvest Management, Strategic Marketing.
(4) Having done the above, you get to work and you need money to work but ONLY source from family and friends first, don’t look for bank loan or wait for any government!
(5) This first test is called your prototype, keep notes and learn from this test. You might fail on this one but NEVER give up, note down the mistakes, restart and make sure you perfect the ideas, making sure you never repeat the same mistakes again!
(6) based on the lessons you have learned both from the farmer and your prototype, launch a product!

Now I challenge a young person reading this to follow this steps and by this time next year you will share your testimony! You may choose to read and pass or read and implement…the choice is yours!


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Nigeria: Order High Quality Pineapples from Pizzi Double Farms(NowKONKONEX FARM LIMITED

mr.patrickMr. Patrick Konkon, CEO KONKONEX FARM LIMITED

Pineapple is popularly used to produce fruit juice and serves as desserts, salads, and in fruit cocktail. The popularity of the pineapple is due to its sweet-sour taste containing 15% sugar, malic and citric fruit acids. It is also high in vitamin B1, B2, B6 and C. The protein digesting enzyme bromelin seems to help digestion at the end of a high protein meal.

Owing to these, pineapple fruits are highly required in our daily diets either by taking the fresh fruits, dried fruits or the juice. Cakes, deserts and other food condiments are made from pineapple. On a daily basis in fruits and vegetable markets across the Nigeria, pineapples are sold. Even when produce are scarce in Nigeria, pineapple finds it way into the country from neighbouring Benin Republic and other countries.

One of the commercial farms revolutionising pineapple farming in the country, is Pizzi Double Farms, registered in Nigeria as Pizzi Double Nigeria Limited with the corporate affairs of Commission with registration number RC 12250448 produces high quality pineapples in high commercial quantities. According to Mr. Patrick Konkon, the farm’s chief executive officer (CEO), the farm has on hand farm hands as well as a great management team.

The farm’s Location
The farm is strategically located in Benin City, Nigeria and the farm is currently expanding its orchard to cover over 50 acres by the end of 2016. It has several thousands of seedlings to meet the farm’s expansion demand, with the main objective of selling its produce to fruit juice processors and other bulk buyers.

mr.patrick n workers                                    Mr. Patrick with some of his workers.

Currently, the cultivated area is 35 acres, however an additional 13 acres will be planted in April, 2016. By the end of the year, the total plants will be about 300,000 plant. The Specie grown is the Smooth Cayenne.

Harvest is done in the month of May, July and December. Products are taken to major markets in Lagos, Abuja, PortHarcourt and Kano, sold in dozens to retailers and other consumers and we have the capacity to send to anywhere it is required in bulk.

Are you a fruit juice processor or bulk buyer, then contact The Farm , Pizzi Double Limited to order fresh pineapples.

Contact the marketing and the communication manager, Mr. Kingsley Dudu on
Phone number: +234(0) 8066173863; 08053917978.

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Nigeria: Apply for the Master Class in Cucumber Farming Setup and Management October Edition

IMG-20150509-00919Enormous business opportunities abound in the horticulture area of the Agriculture value chain in Nigeria, enough to generate income and employment for several youths. However, most of these opportunities are not fully tapped. Hence, the widespread of youth unemployment and underemployment.

Against this background, Agritechnovate Solutions Entreprises – a duly registered Agricultural company with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of Nigeria with registration number: BN 2315112 and champion for Agribusiness among Youths designed the first ever human-centered Agribusiness Master Class on Cucumber Farming for Youths and everyone interested in Agriculture(whether they have ever been to a farm or not) to create on-farm and off-farm employment opportunities presenting a viable and formidable option to reduce unemployment in Nigeria.

As have been severally said, Cucumber is just one crop that in recent times is having a great demand than supply in the market today and anywhere you grow cucumber you will have a ready market for it, so market is not the problem. The challenge lies in successfully producing cucumber profitably.

Hence this training is designed to assist several people from all walks of life, exposing them to the steps required in making profit as well as opportunities in the horticultural value chain in Nigeria.

At the end of the Master Class, participants should be able to:

  • Successfully Setup a Profitable Cucumber Farm.
  • Identify and tap into the various opportunities in the Horticulture value chain.
  • Effectively manage the challenges facing cucumber farming in any part of Nigeria.

Master Class Course Content:

  • Soil Testing and Management.
  • Assessment of Cucumber Farming viability and feasibility.
  • Sourcing and managing investment funds(Why you need a Bankable Business plan)
  • Branding, Packaging and Value Addition of Cucumbers.
  • Practical Guide to Setting up and Managing a Small Scale Cucumber Farm Profitably.
  • Post Harvest Management of Cucumber.
  • Why you have to fail to succeed (My Story).

Training Design: 

The training is designed in a human-centered model which will effectively benefit all in attendance hence we will have not more than 20 participants in this inaugural class. The 20 participants will further be divided into 2 streams of 3 hours each, morning (9am – 12pm) and (1pm to 4pm) evening class, 10 participants per stream.

After four weeks of training participants will be given a memory stick containing training materials, videos, texts and pictures of activities during the training.

Training Methods: 

Training is conducted in a Master Class Style, Students Practice what the Master instructs them and there is a home work every week to be done at home while reports in form of pictures and text and sent within the stipulated time frame. The participants are given training materials which will guide them during the practical class and in effectively doing the home works.


Agritechnovate Teaching and Research farm,

Iganke Epale town,

Along Ikorodu-Epe Express Way,

Epe-Lagos State.


4 Saturdays( 3rd, 10th , 24th and 31st October, 2015).

 Training Fee(NGN 25,000):

Registration and Evaluation Fee: NGN 5,000

Master Class Fee: NGN 20,000

Ideal Participant:

Participants should have an interest in farming and Agriculture and should have a small space(as small as 2m x 10m) near their homes to practice during the period of the Master Class.

About the Master Trainer:

 The Master Trainer is an International Agribusiness consultant, consulting for top-notch Agribusiness organisations across the world from Ergo Research in the USA to the Association of African Business Schools Agribusiness Consortium, South Africa – Kalu also has extensive experience in growing Cucumber having grown in various conditions in different locations in the past 9 months. Having failed severally, he knows what it takes to succeed…perseverance and doing it rightly from the beginning.

Kalu is a graduate of the foremost Business Certification in the prestigious University of Maryland, USA where he bagged a Certificate in Entrepreneurship: Launching an Innovative Business – a course he completed in July, 2015. As a Graduate of Soil Science from the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, getting his hand dirty has turned from a hubby to a profitable business and he intends to train as many people as possible, exposing them to the untapped potential in the Agri-food sector.

Application is on first come first serve basis, once we meet our quota, we will move the rest to the next class.


After Applying, Make Payment on or before Friday 25th September 2015 to this account:
Bank: Skye Bank
Account Name: Agritechnovate Solutions Enterprises
Account Number: 4110027406

After payment, send an email to samuel.kalu(at) in this format:

Full Name:
Depositors’ Name:
Phone No:

“Until we practice Agriculture as a business venture, a profitable one at that…we wIll always have poor farmers” – Kalu Samuel

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Apply: 2nd Farm2Market Vegetable Training in Ago Amodu, Saki – Oyo State

When you pay N25,000 for a month training, you automatically have:
1. Access to half acre of ploughable land to plant vegetable for a year free which will be allocated immediately after the one month training.
2. Accommodation of shared hotel room has been arranged for participant to stay for a month.
3. Seed will be given for you to pay at harvest.
4. You can only plant vegetables.
5. We will help to sell your vegetables if you follow the good agricultural practise that we will all learn during the training.
6. You must participate in vegetable training for minimum of a month.
7. No fertilizer will be given. We will teach on how to make your own organic fertilizer and you can easily buy the inorganic fertilizer and organic if you want.
8. You will pay for your tractor usage which isN3,000 per acre at the LGA. Trainee will take care of their farm labour.
9. You get to feed yourself throughout the period
10. You will take care of the farm land given to you but we will provide technical support throughout your planting period.
11. We take care of your accommodation for a month.
12. Alternative accommodation is been arranged for trainee to take care of themselves after the one month if they choose to stay.
13. We only have space for 30 trainee for the month of July.
14. Its on first pay first participating basis.
15. Participant should prepare for real farm work.

Training dates July 6th – July 31st
Where Ago Amodu Saki East LGA of Oyo State.
Contact no: 08064688501

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Where will you be on the 13th and 14th of March 2015?

In 2011 Thai Agro and Allied Industries sent about 20 individuals for their first international Agribusiness Executives summit, to be trained in the areas of Vegetable, shrimp, rice and fish farming in Thailand.

I was opportuned to be a member of the team. Back then I was not exactly financially “comfortable” as I am now. It took every scrapping of penny for me to enroll in the summit.

I remember the visa/transport/feeding/accommodation/conference fee cost about $5,000. and then it was really big money to me. It was a 3 weeks training

The training cost me time, money and alot of other things. But I made a conscious decision to go for the training and utilize everything I am taught. A decision which today has changed my life. (I cant say the same for the other 19 participants from Nigeria).

I have not missed a single international Summit ever since then. Most are neither practising nor using the wealth of knowledge that has been shared with them.

They saw the trip as a field trip or tourist trip and not an opportunity to make change and impart the nation.

Over the past 4years, since my return, I have freely trained over 500 individuals on agribusiness and vegetable farming. I own farms with monthly revenue in millions. Some people on Nairaland, Twitter, Facebook, BBM and whatsapp have also been beneficiaries of that one single sacrifice I made.

Don’t get it twisted, the sacrifice was not just the fact that I spent time and money training in Thailand. Not at all, that was the easy part. The Difficult part was coming back home and starting up something!

So, before you answer my question at the beginning. you have to do a brief soul search and see if you are ready to:
1. Start something after the training? (No matter how small)

2. Make the Sacrifice of being at the Training?

3. Humble yourself to learn from practical Agribusiness Entrepreneurs and Be Bold enough to go out there and make some money.

If your Answer to this 3 questions is yes, Please go ahead to register for the training below.

But if it’s no. Don’t bother coming, because this training will be another money wasted. (Like the 19 participants)

NB: This is the first time the Thai Agro Executive Agribusiness summit will be holding in Nigeria. It might not hold here again after this. You can never be sure.

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Nigeria: Apply for the Thai Agro Executive Agribusiness summit. 13th – 14th March, 2015.(Updated)

2185875_receivedmmid14253901662947f161e5062ec90e2370_jpeg_jpeg0ee839b3c645798c962c14cd0acc86abREASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT ATTEND THIS SUMMIT


  • You are very comfortable with your productivity and current status in Agribusiness
  • You don’t have present and future plans of making money from Agribusiness
  • You believe Nigerian soil/climate/Environment is not conducive for making money in Agribusiness
  • You want to remain an Employee and never an Employer
  • You don’t believe agriculture is the next big thing to boost our economy

Important Information for Participants
Outside Owerri

Due to the number of requests coming from the South-west and South-south, Taiagro has decided to make accomodation arrangements for participants coming from areas outside Owerri.

For a cheaper and more convenient program, Taiagro has arranged transport service to convey participants from their lodging center to the summit venue. For those who want to access accomodation / transport service. You can book for your accomodation by paying the sum of N5,000 for accomodation and N10,000 for participation and materials. Transport within the city is free.

All payment should be made on or before Thursday 12 March 2015 to this account:
Bank: First Bank
Account Name: Thai Agro and Allied Industries Ltd
Account Number: 2017164065
After payment, send an email to in this format:

Full Name:
Depositors’ Name:
Phone No:

The N5,000 serves as accomodation payment for
2 days.

Please any further inquiries should be
forwarded to or whatsapp
“chima” on 08152679887

The Thai Agro Agribusiness summit is beyond a training for farmers but a program geared to empower participants with powerful information that gives you an edge over other farmers. Trainers for this summit are professionals from different parts of the country.

The target audience for this summit are current and intending leading executive officers in agribusiness. For effectiveness, this summit is limited to an attendance of 30 participants.

The following seminars will be handled:

  • Visiting the pilot farm that produces a million Naira in 2 months
  • The 3 hectare agribusiness plan that will make you a millionaire in 2016
  • Cultivation guide to watermelon, Tomato, Cucumber and Green pepper
  • Farming in the rural communities and making money, working with rural farmers – The Jethro Experience
  • Making money from cattle Rearing, for Beef and Dairy
  • Making Money from Ornamental Fish and Birds
  • Produce local cooking gas using kitchen and animal waste and make money from it.
  • Challenges/Setbacks in Agribusiness in the Southern part of Nigeria.
  • Agriculture as a Business
  • Opportunities in Agriculture
  • How to access Loans & Grants from Government, Foundations, Groups and Banks for Agriculture (List of available Loans and how to access them)
  • Fish and Poultry Farming as a business
  • What you have done wrong so far that has short circuited the cashflow in your farm
  • Latest technologies that can boost your productivity in 2015
  • A brief peep at how Thailand became one of the top countries in Agriculture and how we can replicate that as individuals
  • Agro Produce Marketing: Challenges and solutions

DATE: 13-14 March, 2015

VENUE: Conference Hall, Imo Concorde Hotels, Owerri, Imo State.

See updated Programme here:

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Register for the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA 2015)

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture | GFIA 2015

The 2015 edition of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA 2015) will take place from 9 to 11 March 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

GFIA 2015, will attract professionals from around the world across the entire value chain, represent an event of paramount importance for all stakeholders involved at any level in sustainable agriculture.

More specifically, the Forum will comprise six conferences:

  • Global Climate-Smart Agriculture Summit (CSA) – The inaugural Global CSA Summit will be launched under the theme “Promoting sustainability & agricultural resilience” and it represent the core of GFIA 2015.
  • Post harvest waste initiative: from prevention to valorisation – As the reduction of food waste must be part of a portfolio of solutions needed to feed the world more sustainably, GFIA 2015 will include a major focus on the important issues
  • ICT for sustainable agriculture – This two day conference will focus on how ICT can promote sustainable, climate resilient agriculture and promises exciting solutions for food producers in terms of increasing productivity, improving market access, financing and training. Companies already confirmed to exhibit within the ICT Pavilion include Progis Software, Top-Con, PA Source, TAHA (Mascar, Crushing Tech, Bellon, Ortolon, GIL, SIP), FarmApps, Expressweather, Aeroterrascan, Fieldeye and Dalsem
  • Edible cities: building resilience with urban agriculture – This conference will focus on the critical need for cities to develop their own sources of food to avoid severe food insecurity associated with water shortages, land degradation and climate change
  • Forum on non-conventional water use in arid climates – This forum will seek to showcase research and innovations to tackle the issues posed by water scarcity and explore strategies to promoting sustainable solutions in the region and globally.
  • Aquaculture and indoor agriculture discovery days – A series of workshops aimed at providing farmers and businesspeople in the MENA region with all the information they need about setting up a new food production business.

Register for the GFIA2015 Today!

Learn more about the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture 2015

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Nigeria: Apply for the West Agribusiness Initiative and Get free land and Support!(Closed)

As our population rises, there is also a rise in food consumption here in Nigeria, Africa and globally. As a result of this there is a need for an increase in agricultural activities and technique. This cannot be done without people being encouraged especially the youth to go back into agriculture which use to be a major part of our nations economy contributing a high percentage of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

This has prompted 2 active, young Agropreneurs (Mr Adeniyi Sola Bunmi, CEO Natural Nutrient Limited and Mr Debo Thomas Olushola-MD Hastom Global services Limited) to come up with an idea tagged WEST AGRI-BUSINESS INITIATIVE (WABI) in order to encourage young people into agriculture. WABI is willing to provide the opportunity for 50 serious young and able people willing to key into agribusiness industry. This opportunity is for those who apply and are selected through a process.

WABI will make available 20 hectares of land to the selected participants and they will also be trained in agricultural practices ranging from planting to marketing for free at WABI FARMERS HUB located in Ogbomosho, Oyo state This will increase the agricultural outputs of our nation, and at the same time, create employment for Nigerians. This package includes • Free registration • Free land • Free practical training (both online and offline) • Ready market for your produce.


The initiative now known as the Youth in AgriBusiness Development and Innovation(YABDI) has been launched and the Ogbomosho Project will commence in 2015. Thanks.

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Apply for the FARA Agriculture Student Essay Competition, Deadline October 30, 2014. #FARAEssay

10687192_712141392201557_436386678465292515_nThe Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is currently embarking on a strategic shift into the next phase of its institutional evolution through an on-going rebranding and repositioning exercise aimed at strengthening its visibility, impact and delivery of its mandate. In this regard, FARA will be organizing a ‘Celebrating FARA’ event intended to recognize and appreciate the dedicated efforts of the Secretariat and its constituent forum members in strengthening African agricultural information, knowledge and innovation systems, and above all, in the recognition of Africa’s scientific achievers.

The celebrations will take place at the Birch Wood Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa from 26th to 28th November 2014. To enhance this event, FARA is holding an essay competition for students of agriculture programmes in African tertiary institutions.


Topic: The Role of Agricultural Innovation in Creating Food Security in Africa

Format: 500-word count

Entry: Free

Language: English and French

Age Eligibility: 15 to 30 years old

Opening Date: October 9, 2014

Closing Date: October 30, 2014

Selection of Winners: November 6

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to the winning student and their educational institution – $1,000 to the student and an award certificate for the school. Both the student and a representative of the school will be flown to South Africa for FARA’s celebratory event in November where the awards will be presented.


Entrants must be full-time students in an African tertiary institution including Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education. This competition is not open to students of African origin studying outside the African continent.

To qualify, entrants are required to apply here:  

For updates on the competition, entrants are advised to follow the hashtag #FARAEssay on Facebook and Twitter.

Essays will be shortlisted by public voting on Facebook and the final selection will be made by a panel of experts selected by FARA

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Nigerian Delegates interested in attending the World Ag Expo wanted. February 10 -12, 2015(Closed)


Update: This offer is now closed!

Our Client is a Business Travels, Marketing and Management company with a track record of effectively creating avenues for Nigerians to attend Trade Shows and conferences in the U.S.A.

They are seeking for Nigerian Delegates to attend the World Ag Expo, 2015 taking place at the International Agri-Center, Tulare, California, USA from February 10-12, 2015.

World AG Expo is the world’s largest annual (47th) agriculture exposition and a meeting place for agricultural producers from all over the world, with more than 1,400 exhibitors. It has officially been designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce, as an affiliate of the foreign buyer program, which encourages exportation of American made goods.


Agricultural Tours, Seminars, Top 10 new products, Video Contest, World AG Arena, Wine and Cheese Pavilion, Scholarships Etc.


Farmers, Farm Professionals, Animal Care Experts, Agricultural Producers, Allied Industry Professionals and Representatives, Ranchers, Commodity Farmers, Veterinarians, Nutritionists, Diary Producers, Agribusiness professionals, Etc.

Our Client will assist in US VISA (70% guarantee) and other services covered by the participating fee :

  • Accommodation ( 4 nights in 3-4 star hotel)
  • Registration
  • Logistics
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African Youth Delegates Meet In Ghana For #Agribusiness Conference #IHAV2014


Some #IHAV2013 visionaries doing great in their various ventures. Photo credit: IHAV

IHAV (I have a Vision) is a nonprofit organization established to support youth development through capacity building and employment generation. IHAV is the brain child of African youths who have realized the significance of entrepreneurship as a vital tool in addressing the sky rocketing youth unemployment rates, and for the sustainable economic and societal development of the continent.

In the light of this, IHAV is organizing the 2nd edition of its yearly conference with the theme ‘Creating an Agribusiness Revolution with Africa’s Youth’. The conference will bring together 100 selected young leaders from across Africa in one platform.

Through this conference IHAV seeks to engage African youth in addressing the issue of sustainability in agriculture and increasing the productivity of Africa’s agricultural system through research and innovation in a way that will bring about a process change and trigger an Agribusiness revolution across the continent. This will in turn lead to a reduction in poverty and a marked improvement in people’s livelihoods. This exciting event is scheduled to be held in Accra, Ghana from 30th July to 2nd August 2014.

IHAV is bringing together renowned speakers across the face of entrepreneurship, ICT, agricultural experts and entrepreneurs, marketers and business experts from Ghana to help trigger the needed change we desire. The speakers are to cover the whole aspect of revolutionizing the agriculture sector and also how to link all other sectors of the economy to it.

The agriculture sector if properly monitored can harbor all the other sectors like ICT, marketing(packaging, branding and commercializing), communication(media), roads and highways, labour employment, financial sector etc. if all these sectors are networked well, one can channel his\her expertise into agriculture without necessarily being an agric oriented person or farm worker.

Among the 15 speakers for the 4 days conference are Mr John Armah of G.C.E.E.I., Mr Charles Sam of Golden Future Promotion, Mrs Sara Nana Yeboah of Sangy Nursing Services, Mr Ehi Benitie – a global market researcher, Mr Philip Abayori – a farmer and entrepreneur, Mrs Eva Lokko – a communication engineer, Dr Gheysika A. Agambilla – a publisher and a former minister of state, Sherrie Ann Donaldson Thompson – Founder \ CEO, Global Resolve Africa, Corporate Marketing Consultant, Mr Edison Gbenga and many more.

It’s the passion for the organization to advocate for agribusiness because there are more opportunities in agriculture which can help sustain Africa’s economy since we are blessed with the natural resources to cultivate. When the youths focus and find innovative ways to make it profitable and marketable to the global market, it will curb the alarming rate of unemployment and the influx of foreign agric products in our market.

As an #IHAV2013 participant, I can say without any iota of doubt that IHAV has an organised team and am sure that the #IHAV2014 conference will indeed build another set of great African visionaries that will innovate Agriculture and make Africa a green land where everyone will love to come and invest in Agriculture. Lets be innovative and put our VISION INTO ACTION.

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Opportunity: Youth Empowerment for Agric graduates in Nigeria.

IMG00598-20140102-0954Deadline: Applications should be sent before 29th July, 2014.
In pursuant of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), Agricultural And Rural Management Training institute (ARMTI), Invites Youth to cease the opportunity of the ATA and participation in its Empowerment scheme.
The scheme is aimed at addressing the problems of youth unemployment provide necessary entrepreneur skills for the selected Agricultural graduates and link them with selected financial institutions that will provide them loans to engage on agricultural enterprise of their choice.
Participation in the scheme is open to both male and female candidates desiring to take career in agricultural enterprises.
Requirements for participation Any of the participant should fulfill the following conditions among others
1. Be a Nigerian with evidence
2. Be physically fit and willing to work hard
3. Have interest in Agricultural production/enterprise
4. Be between 22 and 39 years of age
5. Have a solid agricultural production background
6. Have minimum Bachelor Degree or Higher National Diploma  in Agriculture or related disciplines
7. Must have completed NYSC at the time of application
8. Be prepared to take up career in agricultural based enterprises such as arable crop production, fish production, poultry production, e.t.c
9. Be interested in arable crop production and have evidence of access (Not necessarily ownership) to a minimum of 2- 3ha of land for raining season arable crop production OR a minimum of 0.5-1ha land for dry season/irrigation arable crop production OR
10. Be interested in livestock/poultry/fishery enterprise or production and have evidence or production and evidence of facilities (such as land space, water etc.) that support the enterprises
11. Pass a written test prior to final selection
12. Prepare a pro-forma business plan of agricultural enterprise of their choice.

Method of Application
Written application including concrete information in respect of each of the above requirements together with a letter signed by chairman or secretary of the candidate’s local qualification or relevant documents and (3) references (including the community leader of the applicant and a senior civil servant of the rank not less than Assistant director in the Federal civil service or a Deputy Director in a state civil service) should be forwarded to the  address below within 3 weeks of this advertisement.The Executive Director
ARMTI Km18, Ilorin-Ajase –Ipo Road
P.M.B 1343 Ilorin, Kwara State.

Published on The Guardian Newspapers Page 66, 08/07/2014

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Private Investor to Employ 15,000 in Edo through Farming

Photo credit: FMI, Nigeria

Photo credit: FMI, Nigeria

A Private Investor, Festrut Conglomerate is set to establish a farm, covering 100 hectares of land at Uzebba, Edo State that will provide about 15,000 employment opportunities for the people of the state. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Dr. Festus Asikhia, disclosed this when he led a delegations on a courtesy visit to Governor Adams Oshiomhole in Benin City at the weekend. Asikhia said “I have to go to my community where I can easily have access to land and I have acquired about 100 hectares of land for the take-off of the company.

He said, “apart from the farm land, we have come to Edo State to discuss with the Governor to build a new Edo City, a city with all the infrastructures, with recreational centre, a city where people can come in to rest.”

Asikhia maintained that when completed, the new city will attract investors to come in and invest thereby increasing state government revenue through taxes. He further used the occasion of the courtesy visit to implore State Government collaboration in order to succeed stressing that similar ventures have been established in Lagos and Abuja.

Responding, Governor Oshiomhole welcomed Dr. Festus Asikhia and his delegation to Edo State, saying the State Government is willing to provide a conducive environment and partner with serious investors who wish to invest in the state. He stressed that the State Public Private Partnership (PPP) is doing everything possible to create an enabling environment for investors to take advantage to invest in the state.

According to him, “Potential partners in the various aspects of the economy are working out various MOUs with a view to take advantage of the very conducive business environment that exist in Edo State.
“So like I said to Hon Rasaq Bello-Osagie, all you need to do is submit a detailed business plan to our P.P.P.

Office as they are familiar with our rules and the general principles that guide our interactions. It is our responsibility to give back to the community and society where we come from, for these are the minimum debts owned our people.”

Oshiomhole said: “In Edo State, we have made substantial investment in both the urban and rural areas, investment on roads, Urban renewal and drainage control, linking rural communities so that people can take advantage to go into mechanized farming and businesses in those communities as you plan to do.

“So your coming fits well into our vision that the primary purpose of government is to make the rural urban areas neater creating infrastructure to attract investment.”

Source: ThisDay*

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Meet The Young Family Farmer #YFF of the Month Fareed – the Quail Farmer.


Fareed, feeding the Quail birds.

To fulfill my promise of promoting Young farmers and youth in Agribusiness, supporting their family farms, I will be promoting Young Family Farmers (YFF) every month on this page. Today, I will be telling the story of Ibrahim Fareed, the CEO of Dola Farms. Ibrahim is currently an undergraduate student of Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, where he is studying Agricultural Extension and Rural Development and in his 400 level (Farm Practical Year).  His story inspired me a lot because he utilized what others called a bad situation to build his business.

During the long Academic Strike of lecturers in Federal and State Universities in Nigeria, Ibrahim was busy applying the knowledge he gained in over one year of working at his uncle’s poultry farm. He wasn’t going into broiler for meat production, he was doing quail egg and meat production in his family house in Lagos state. In case you don’t know Quail farming, it’s ever becoming a big business in Nigeria, with one crate (30 eggs) going for between N800 – N1000 and even more. Quail is a small bird and its egg and meat is said to heal several ailments and health conditions.

Quail Eggs

Freshly harvested Quail Eggs, sorted.

When asked his driving force towards Quail farming, he said: “I am a God fearing and peaceful person, always passionate about agriculture and that drives me. I hope to become a successful farmer someday as I see myself very big in the agricultural world.” By working hard and not giving up also having faith in God, he has the intention of adding great innovations that will improve his farm.

It is noteworthy that the support of his parents led to his success; also he believes the customer is king and he does this by attending to them when they need his attention, always treating them equally. His advice to Youths: “Youths need to keep their head up high. They should be determined and also be focus despite the odds they face, because focus is the main key.”

Freshly harvested Quail Eggs, branded.

Freshly harvested Quail Eggs, branded.

Interestingly Ibrahim is now back to school after the long old strike and has resumed academic activities but Dola farms still runs perfectly with the assistance of his family, You can still get Quality Quail egg from him :Ibrahim Fareed olamide| Contact: 07017673860, 08073460582|

Hope you enjoyed the story of the Young Family Farmer(YFF) of the month. If you are or know any Youth supporting your family farm or doing a small scale Agribusiness in ANY part of the world and will like to be featured on this page, hit the Contact button lets interact.

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SURVEY: Youth and Agriculture in West Africa

until 31.01.2014

Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s fastest growing population and also the youngest. This is a huge opportunity for West Africa as young people bring energy, vivacity, and innovation into the work force and can consequently have a transformative impact on economic growth and social development. The agricultural sector plays a key role in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and represents up to 35% of the region’s Gross Domestic Product. It is currently the employer of most of West Africans with 60% of the active population engaged in this sector.

Although agriculture offers an opportunity to move out of poverty and build satisfying lives for young people, youth are not attracted by agriculture. The dynamism of the agricultural sector being a vital factor in efforts to combat poverty and food insecurity, we would like to further the possible options to make jobs in agriculture more appealing for the new generations.

We invite you to take part in the online survey. You can also answer the question “How could agriculture become more attractive for young people?”
by SMS to 00 233 26 81 81 81 2.

This survey has been elaborated in collaboration with our facilitator, Justin Chisenga and the Young Professionals in Agricultural Research for Development(YPARD).


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Call for Articles: Family Farmers breaking out of Poverty

Are you interested in issues related to Family farming? If yes, then this Call for article by Farming Matters will interest you, read on…

Deadline: April 1st, 2014.

Farming Matters | 29.4 | December 2013

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.”–Nelson Mandela

In the International Year of Family Farming we are confronted with a shameful paradox. Family farmers produce more than half of the world’s food. That is a reason to celebrate family farming. Yet, 70% of the world’s most impoverished people live in rural areas and belong to family farming or pastoralist communities. How is this possible? And how can this situation be changed? We seek your groundbreaking views, your innovative proposals and experiences that show how family farmers can break out of the poverty trap and increase their resilience.

Some countries are experiencing strong economic growth, even as food and nutrition insecurity increase. Conflicts over resources (land, water, and biodiversity) and degraded resource bases often threaten the poor and the marginalised who are directly dependent on these resources.

Poverty is not just about a lack of money. It has as much to do with people’s asset base in a much broader sense, and thus with power. Poverty is also about people’s capability to deal with situations of shock or stress – whether social, economic, political or physical. Poor people lack the resilience to effectively cope with these shocks. Over the last decade climate change has added to these problems, resulting in ever growing resilience deficits in rural communities.

How can poor people in rural areas break out of this vicious cycle? In the June 2014 issue of Farming Matters we will focus on how agro-ecological approaches strengthen the resilience of family farmers and help them break out of poverty. We will look at how agro-ecological farming practices and the social dimensions of family farming contribute to strengthening resilience and sustainable resource management.
In so doing we examine the roles of young people and women and how policymakers, organisations and researchers can actively encourage the effective and widespread use of agro- ecological approaches as a way to address rural poverty. We welcome your contributions, with supporting evidence.

Articles for the June 2014 issue of Farming Matters should be sent to the editors before April 1st, 2014.

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Farming Families – their pains and gains

Family Farming gains: Sorting harvested farm produce
Family Farming gains: Sorting harvested farm produce

Family farmers across the world are indeed happy on the year 2014 been declared as the year of the family farmer, some wonder what the UN declaration means for them. If you are one of them, check my earlier article on this topic. Continue reading

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Nigeria: Entrepreneur donates greenhouse to encourage Youth in Agriculture

According to a recent report by the News Agency of Nigeria , Mr Samuel Samuel, The Chairman of Origin Group of Companies, Lagos, on Monday in Ilorin, donated a tractor and 2, 000 hectares greenhouse to the University of Ilorin. A greenhouse is a glass building used for growing plants that need warmth, light and protection. Continue reading

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Nigeria: 15million Farmers To Benefit From GES-Agric Minister

Mr. Akinwumi Adesina

Mr. Akinwumi Adesina

It is interesting to note that Nigeria has penciled down 15 million farmers that would benefit from its Growth Enhancement Support (GES) Scheme in 2014. Continue reading

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Nigeria: Gombe Earmarks N2.5 Billion for Agriculture in 2014 Budget

In a recent article by Vanguard News, Nigeria it stated that the Gombe State government will spend N2.5 billion (US$15.7 million) on agricultural development in 2014, Dankwambo was said to have announced this while presenting the 2014 budget proposal of N107.4 billion (US$676.6 million) at the State House of Assembly, the move was aimed at boosting food production, employment and income generation. Continue reading

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What the 2014 International Year for Family Farming(IYFF) means for you.

RTEmagicC_3.pngWith 2014 already around the corner, one will wonder what the year will mean for smallholder farmers across the world. The United Nations declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), my Family as well as millions of Small holder farming families across the world are planning for the next farming season. Be it crop farming, animal farming or both, small holder family farmers have the potentials to succeed, improve food security for their family and the community they live in. The big question is, what does this declaration mean for us Family farmers? Continue reading

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Submit your blog for the YoBloCo Awards NOW!

Submit blogThe Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) and its partners are pleased to announce that submission for the 2nd Edition of the YoBloCo Awards is now open! Launched in October 2013 at the Caribbean Week of agriculture in Guyana, the YoBloCo Awards have attracted the attention of many agriculture bloggers across African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Continue reading

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Treated like a super star in a foreign land

sam at EAXAll too soon the ICT4Ag13 conference held in Kigali came to an end. I won’t forget in a hurry the field trip which saw me go to the tallest building in Kigali: the Kigali tower. Continue reading

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Contribute your ideas to improve Food security in Africa

IMG00155-20130727-0726Several Months ago, I and a three other African visionaries sat down in Accra, Ghana and developed a startup: Agricnet Solutions Enterprises, a one-stop Agric consultancy and viable social enterprise that aims to reduce food waste due to post harvest fruits and vegetable losses,improving the eating habits of people in sub-saharan Africa where small holders and farming families contribute greatly to the food security of their families and rural communities. Continue reading

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How a course changed the way I view Agriculture

Its been one of those courses that I spent a while studying and applying my learnings to Agriculture. It was the Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A course on Creativity, Innovation and Change which I took via Coursera. Having completed several courses via Coursera, without actually getting a statement of accomplishment. I signed up for the course and made sure I took the classes seriously by viewing the videos and completing the exercises which was a prerequisite for getting the statement of accomplishment. Continue reading

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Put youth at the center!

Joseph Macharia moderating the involving youth in Agriculture with ICTs at the ICT4Ag conference

Joseph Macharia moderating the involving youth in Agriculture with ICTs at the ICT4Ag conference

Several points have been highlighted at the ICT4Ag conference about the need to build sustainable and scalable solutions for small holder farmers, however the fact remains that if the youth are not active in various agriculture value chains there will be a serious problem in the future. The average age of farmers in most African countries is between 55 – 60 years. The big question is, how many of the current people in Agriculture now will be in the farming business in the next 15 – 20 years. Will they easily adapt to changing technology as new ICT solutions tries to meet their needs? Continue reading

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Sparking up Youth involvement in Agriculture with Social Media

staking my tomatoes

staking my tomatoes

ICTs and indeed Social media has come to stay, over a billion subscribers are active on Facebook alone! There is a strong need therefore to engage the youth and spark up their interest in various forms of Agriculture with Social media tools as they are always on these platforms. Continue reading

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Nigeria: Modernising Agriculture in Ekiti State

“Reviving cocoa plantations to make Ekiti State, Nigeria a world leader in cocoa production again; agriculture is to contribute 50% of internally generated revenue; 20,000 Ekiti youths trained and employed in mechanized agriculture by 2014.” Continue reading

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Five Examples of Successful Urban Agriculture Done Differently Around the World

These five projects are not the only examples of worldwide efforts to bring attention to growing populations and food systems, but represent the different forms that urban agriculture can take. (Bridget Hildebrandt)

On October 16th, World Food Day will call attention to the crucial role that small-scale family farmers play in creating a more sustainable global food system – and it couldn’t come at a more opportune time. As the global population approaches nine billion by the year 2050, nourishing the world and preserving diminishing environmental resources presents a daunting challenge. Over the coming week, Food Tank will highlight the many ways in which small-scale farmers – both urban and rural – are growing healthy, nutritious food for their communities while protecting the planet. Continue reading

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(Closed)Royal Agricultural University – Land and Food Fellowships for Africans 2014-2015

Deadline: 03 Jan 2014

The UK’s Royal Agricultural University offers fellowships to African students for the MSc in international rural development, and MSc in sustainable agriculture and food security.

Royal Agricultural University seeks applicants who have experience in agriculture and related subjects; an interest in land reform; and a desire to make a strategic and sustainable contribution to Africa’s development. The program supports up to 10 African fellows each year. The application deadline is 03 January 2014.

Click here for details and application.

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Capacity Development, Youth, and ICTs inAgriculture #ICT4Ag13

Agriculture does not only need the young to replace the old farmer but also to bring innovations that modernise the sector and strengthen it, so that they also benefit from it. The application of new ICTs in agriculture particularly confirms that assertion.

This session will be led by a panel of four dynamic young professionals from Africa, the Pacific and Latin America who have launched or are involved in key initiatives in transforming their communities. Continue reading

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Youth and agriculture: Part of a positive trend by Klarien Klingen

Klarien Klingen at the farm/Photo: Farming Matters

Klarien Klingen at the farm/Photo: Farming Matters

While I was studying at university and working at an NGO I started to develop a vision about sustainable farming. Then I realised that having an opinion about it is nice, but how about actually doing it? I decided I wanted to learn to farm.

At the Warmonderhof organic farming school in the Netherlands, where I am currently doing a two-year course, I have met many people with the same dream. Young people, men and women (about half of the students are female), people switching careers, people who also have another job, and people who already farm. All of them want to practise sustainable agriculture. Meeting them and hearing about their passion for farming is encouraging, as it often seems as if the rest of the world thinks you are crazy if you want to become a farmer. Continue reading

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Gabon:Smallholders’ role and challenges discussed at 2nd Palm Oil Africa

palm oil africa
In Africa, a majority of palm oil is produced by smallholders, who are self-financed and independent, but often unorganised and uncertified. 2nd Palm Oil Africa, opening in Gabon on 17-19 October 2013, delves deep into the challenges of small-scale holders in the African palm oil industry and seeks answers to these questions –

How can smallholders become part of the certified palm oil supply chain?

Solidaridad West Africa, a not-for-profit organisation supports sustainable development of farmers and production systems in West Africa. Solidaridad helps oil palm smallholders and plantations to comply with the RSPO standard. Dr. Henricus Hendrickx, Manager – Sustainable West African Palm oil Programme from Solidaridad West Africa will update you on ‘Improving the productivity, profitability and sustainability of small scale oil palm farms’ with a special focus on smallholders. Continue reading

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Investors in Africa urged to consider agriculture to boost food security

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Agricultural products on display outside the conference room/Courtesy: EMRC

Food insecurity and poverty will continue to persist on the continent unless a proper strategy is formulated to encourage private investments in agriculture sector, participants at an agribusiness forum in Kigali have said.

The three-day conference has attracted government officials across the continent, businesspersons as well as economists to devise ways of encouraging private investments in agriculture. Continue reading

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Nigerian Billionaires now investing in Agriculture – Dr. Akinwumi

Nigerians who have made billions of naira in other sectors of the economy are now channelling their fortunes into the agricultural sector, following the huge investment recorded under the new dispensation’s transformation agenda, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has said.

Akinwumi, who stated this while speaking at the ongoing Agribusiness Forum 2013, an annual programme for Africa organised by the European Marketing Research Centre (EMRC) based in Brussels, Belgium, said the new commercial farmers were putting huge investments into agribusiness investments having seen the huge prospects in agric the sector. Continue reading

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Nigeria: Use of #ICT4Ag tools saves $188 million in 2012

The deployment of an electronic wallet initiative by the Nigerian government saved more than NGN29.7 billion (US$188 million) in the agricultural sector in 2012.

Cellulant Nigeria Limited, the company running the e-wallet scheme, revealed the figures and said the amount would have been lost by federal and state governments during the distribution of subsidised fertilisers, seedlings and other services supporting farms to more than 1.2 million farmers. Continue reading

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Dr. Akinwumi to share his vision at the EMRC Agribusiness Forum2013

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Hon. Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to share his vision at the EMRC’s Agribusiness forum 2013 coming up on Sunday, 6th to Wednesday 9th October.

Dr. Adesina a distinguished agricultural development expert with 24 years experience in developing and managing agricultural programs across Africa will spotlight his vision for the future of Africa’s Agri-food sector at this year’s forum. Continue reading

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Nigeria: Tackling Hidden Hunger With Vit. A Cassava

HUNDREDS of farmers gathered at Akinale, an ancient town in Ewekoro Local Government area of Ogun State recently to receive pro vitamin A cassava stems delivered to them by HarvestPlus, a global alliance dedicated to eradicating ‘Hidden Hunger’ in the world.

According to Paul Ilona, Country Manager of HarvestPlus, Nigeria, millions of people around the world including Nigerians suffer from ‘Hidden Hunger’ or micronutrient malnutrition. This means that they do not get enough micronutrients required to lead healthy, productive lives from foods eaten regularly. Continue reading

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Nigeria: FG to revive Groundnut Pyramid – Adesina.

The Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, yesterday indicated the determination of the federal government to revive the groundnut pyramid in the northern parts country.

Making this known during an interview with journalists at the Pierre Hotel in New York, Dr Adesina said that there was need for the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration to revive the groundnut pyramid in order to further boost the economy of the country. Continue reading

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Apply: CTA’s ICT4Ag Associate

CTA is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries. It facilitates access to information and knowledge; supports evidence-based, multi-stakeholder development of agricultural policies and strategies; promotes inclusive value chain development and use of ICTs; and strengthens the capacities of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities. Continue reading

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Bayer Ag: Bayer CropScience sponsorsglobal Youth Ag-Summit – discussing thefuture of agriculture in #Calgary, Canada

About 120 youth delegates from 20 countries discussed how to feed the world’s growing population at a week-long global Youth Ag-Summit held in Calgary, Canada. The summit, the first event of its kind, was organized by the Canadian Youth Organisation 4-H and sponsored by Bayer CropScience. The participants experienced an intense debate on how to increase consumer awareness of agriculture, reduce food waste, counter the effects of climate change and cope with a growing human footprint.

“Young people committed to agriculture are our future. They deserve our recognition and support,” said Liam Condon, CEO of Bayer CropScience. “With our contribution, we want to help the next generation get a good start in an industry that is faced with huge challenges caused by a continuously growing world population.” Continue reading

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Africa: Agriculture Innovations Manager Wanted

We are seeking an experienced candidate to help bring the world’s agricultural innovations to One Acre Fund.

Job Location
Nairobi, with 50% travel.

Minimum two years’ commitment, full–time job.

Organization Description
Most of the world’s poor are farmers, representing the largest and most uniform group of poor people in the world. One Acre Fund is a start–up NGO in Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a “market bundle” that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market access. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure more than 100% average gain in farm income per acre. We have laser–like focus on generating better lives for the people that we serve. Continue reading

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Revamping Kalusam’s Blog to increase Youth interest in Agriculture and Agribusiness

Kalusam's blogOver the past months, i have revamped this blog from being just a place where i write stories to encourage Youths to embrace Agriculture and Agribusiness to a one-stop Agriculture and Agribusiness blog for opportunities, Agribusiness ideas, interviews of Youths in Agribusiness and Agribusiness news which will go a long way to spark up youth interest in Agriculture and Agribusiness.

Aside from all this talks, action is required to move others to act. Over the coming weeks, i will be publishing practical ways youths can go into Agriculture or Agribusiness and i hope Youths across the world reading this will avail themselves the opportunity to make money from these opportunities. Continue reading

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e-Agriculture and its role in reducing unemployment and Hunger

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Today, as it is typical of me I decided to make research on a very interesting topic. You probably would have heard of e-mail, e-commerce, e-business, e-governance, and if you love shopping: e-bay! Continue reading

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Denis Kioko

Lifestyle is critical in how we prevent and manage cancer, which is
now proving to be a disastrous disease. One of the component is in how we
produce and consume our food. Currently in Nairobi, we are aware that we have
been eating mostly poisonous meat and the same to vegetables that are planted
in sewages and applied colour to make them more green and attractive. Our
githeri is cooked with Panadol to make them soft to speed up the cooking time. In
most hotels even in rural areas you can only find ugali, chips, chapatti,
Mukimo, matoke, and rice as the main dishes. If you order cassava or sweet
potatoes you are seen as an outcast.

All these issues emanate from our food system. Our current food system is at crossroad. Despite an increase in technology, our food system does not guarantee food security and nutrition (FSN) in its…

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Nigeria: FGN-World Bank APPEALS Project Delegation Tours Cross River Rice Seeds/Seedlings Factory in Calabar

The Federal Government of Nigeria-World Bank APPEALS Project Delegation Tours Cross River Rice Seeds/Seedlings Factory in Calabar. The World Bank Assisted : Argo-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support – APPEALS Project undertook a tour to the Cross River Rice Seedlings and Seeds Factory during its ongoing 3rd Implementation Support mission in Calabar. The visit was coordinated by the Executive Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade on Thursday June 20, 2019.

Please, see some pictures of the event below:

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Photo Credit: GHP Calabar/FMARD

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When food storage can become food security

The FARA Social Reporters Blog

Metal silos in Malawi. Metal silos in Malawi.

An FAO report in (2004), estimates that a third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted across the global food system. There is an urgent need to efficiently store and preserve food, if we are to achieve food security in the continent.

The traditional storage techniques and preservation methods used by African farmers are small-scale, with a capacity of up to 2 – 3 tonnes. Many of these techniques have severe limitations, particularly in terms of durability and protection against rodent, insect and  moisture damage (FAO, 1986). African farmers need to make use of efficient food storage and preservation methods if food security goals are to be achieved across the continent.

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Nigeria: Register today for the Investing in Agriculture Masterclass Series

Are you interested in investing in Agriculture but don’t know the right place to invest? If you are around or near Lagos then register for the Investing in Agriculture Master Class Series. see flyer for details:64364342_482937795812496_1909596984411422720_n


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The Agricultural Research and Innovation Fellowship for Africa (ARIFA) is the capacity development component of Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)’s Holistic Empowerment for Livelihoods Program (HELP). ARIFA aims to produce a new generation of fit-for-purpose workforce to re-engineer African agri-food sector to provide the change factor for rapid agricultural transformation in the next 10 years, using the Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) approach. Check out  under the program, suitably qualified Africans will be trained in   ARIFA- affiliated universities and centers of Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) in ARIFA affiliated countries including, but not limited to BrazilChinaCubaIndiaItaly and the Netherlands.

By this inaugural call, FARA and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM-Bari), Italy,  invite applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates for fully funded training at MSc level and Advanced Short  Courses in Agricultural Research and Innovation with focus in the following areas:

Courses Available

A. Master of Science ( 2 years)

  1. Land and Water Resource Management: Irrigated Agriculture
  2. Precision Integrated Pest Management for Fruit and Vector Vegetables
  3. Mediterranean Organic Agriculture

B. Advanced Short Courses (10 weeks)

  1. Sustainable Development of Coastal Communities
  2. Innovation & Youth Entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean Agri-food Sector

Important Dates

Call for applications opens May 24, 2019
Call closes June 30, 2019
Pre-selection July  2019
Final selection & notification of selected candidates August  2019
Commencement of Short courses September 2019
Commencement of Msc courses October  2019


Application procedure

The call for the inaugural round of ARIFA opens on May   22, 2019 and closes on June 30th, 2019.

The application process will include the following steps:

 STEP 1: Check your eligibility criteria

   All applicants for the current call  must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen of one of the following countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Niger, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda
  • There is no limit of age for the short courses, however, male candidates applying for MSc Program must be aged 30 years or less and females 35 years or less at the commencement of the Program.
  • Not possess citizenship or permanent residency in any country outside Africa;
  • Have attained a minimum education level of a bachelor’s  degree from a recognized university, with at least a second class or its equivalent in a relevant field;
  • Applicants that demonstrate records of engagement and contribution to solving agricultural problems will have an extra advantage;
  • Commit to participating in an alumni network of FARA IAR4D practitioners under FARA Post-fellowship plan.

 STEP 2: Read the ARIFA Document  

 All applicants are required to carefully read the eligibility criteria and the supporting documents before applying, which are available at

STEP 3: Application

 Applications are made online at

For further enquiries send email to


What the fellowship covers

  • Air travel from home country to CIHEAM-Bari
  • Tuition fees waiver or subsidized
  • A monthly stipend


Some Benefits of being an ARIFA Fellow

  • Placement for Postgraduate study, MSc and short training levels in prestigious universities and centres of research in Brazil, China, Cuba, India, Italy, Netherlands etc.,
  • An innovation grant at a FARA-supported Innovation Platform in home country upon completion
  • Being part of the ARIFA alumni to drive Africa’s AR4D in the coming years


Download all required documents and application template below:

  1. ARIFA 2019 Inaugural Call for Application
  2. About the Agricultural Research and Innovation Fellowship for Africa (ARIFA)
  3. ARIFA 2019 Application form

The above Call originally appeared here

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Tailored Opportunities: Future Leaders-African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships

The African Academic / Researcher


Royal Society in partnership with Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and African Academy of Sciences (AASS) has opened this fellowship. The objective of this fellowship is to support talented early career researchers to establish an independent research career in African institutions, enable high-quality research that addresses the global development challenges faced by the African continent. Provide world-class support, training, mentoring and networking opportunities to benefit early career African researchers.


Applicant should be a national of a Sub-Saharan African countries, hold PhD when applying, be early career researcher with a minimum of 2 years of research experience after PhD and no more than 8 years. Willing to hold the fellowship in a research institute in an Official Development Assistance (ODA) in Sub-Saharan Africa and have clearly defined scientific research proposal focusing on one or more of the Global challenge areas outlined in the fellowship.

Research must be within the…

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Tailored Opportunities: MSc and PhD World Bank Funded Scholarship Application Call at Haramaya University, Ethiopia

The African Academic / Researcher


Africa Center of Excellence (ACE) for Climate Smart Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation (Climate SABC) at Haramaya University invites African students to enroll in the following trans-disciplinary post-graduate study programs. This includes MSc in Climate Smart Agriculture, MSc in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management, PhD in Climate Smart Agriculture and Biodiversity Management with specialization in Crop, Livestock and Soil and water, Biodiversity, Policies, institutions, and Innovation sciences. PhD is four years program and MSc is two years program.


Scholarship opportunities are available on a competitive basis for eligible male and female students from Eastern and Southern Africa Region (Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia) as well as for Ethiopian female students. Successful male Ethiopian candidates will be granted financial support to cover research expenses. Applicants for MSc must have a BSc in related fields and applicants for PhD must have an MSc degree in the fields’…

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See how projectTEN is encouraging #Agribusiness among Youths in Nigeria

I recently was invited by the Founder of the projectTEN project to mentor and train young people recently on growing Ugu in sacks, of course this is not my first time of doing this however this time it was going to be secondary school students. If you have thought Agriculture in secondary school level like I did in the past you will agree that it takes a lot of patience, innovation and perseverance to inculcate Agriculture as a business to young people in Nigeria.

The event took place on Tuesday, 2nd April 2019 at Ogijo Community High School. with about 168 students in attendance.extenserveb


The projectTEN is the brian child of IBUKUN OMO FARMS, driven by it extension services department Extenserveagric.

The project team is driven by its vision to impact more secondary schools in the rural communities in Nigerian by setting up Young Agribusiness Club. They have set a target to build in – situ farm projects in each contact school with collaboration with the agricultural science teachers for effective monitoring.

With a pilot project in Ogun State as approved by the Ministry of Education through the Department of Science and Technology, our impact has also being recorded in 10 schools in 3 years.


Handing over some Poultry birds to the school to raise. Courtesy: ProjectTEN

They hope to Train, Educate, Empower and Nurture(TEEN) young farmers in the elementary stages on the need to fully get involved in agriculture as a business with the required skills and technical know how and use of technology to advance their work today with team focus on ” Value Chain Addition “.


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ICTforAg 2019: Please Register Now and Submit Session Ideas for Advancing Agriculture Resilience


Join global leaders for a 1-day conference exploring the future of agriculturefood security, resilient populations and technology, on June 5, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Submit Session & Speaker Ideas by May 1st

Together, we’ll explore how data, new technologies and innovation are remaking food & water systems and value chains around the world, and how international development organizations can leverage these changes to accelerate impact.

ICTforAg 2019 Conference

ICTforAg 2019 will be a different event than previous ICTforAg conferences.

Sponsored by Feed the Future, ICTforAg 2019 will be a smaller, more interactive event, focused on technical dialogue and networking. In particular, we’ll explore:

  • What’s new in digital for resilience and food security (D4RFS)?
  • How could Digital Farmer Profiles fundamentally reshape food security, resilience and nutrition?
  • Which enabling environment factors support digital solutions for food security?
  • When can we take advantage of preexisting and established technologies?
  • What you need to know about changes in agricultural extension, farm management, market access and financial inclusion;
  • Where can international development drive business model innovations in new agricultural technologies?
  • Who is investing in new AgTech solutions and what are they learning?

…and other key topics that donors, implementing partners, the private sector, farmers, and others will find directly applicable to their work.

Submit Session & Speaker Ideas Now

In making ICTforAg 2019 a different event, with leading thinkers and practitioners across the agriculture and technology sectors, we want to hear from you.

Please tell us who we should invite to lead technical dialogues and focused networking. For example, which AgTech funders, private sector players, and leading technical staff do you want in salon-like discussions and in-depth conversations? Yes, you can nominate yourself!

Suggest speakers and sessions nowDeadline is May 1, 2019.

Register Now to Attend ICTforAg 2019

ICTforAg 2019 will be free to all attendees. Yet it will also be limited to just 150 participants and as we expect a high level of interest, available spots will be assigned via lottery.

Please register now to apply to attend ICTforAg 2019.

Participants will investigate the role of digital solutions across the agriculture ecosystem, including resilience, food security, and water systems. Don’t miss out on this new direction for ICTforAg!


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