6 Steps to succeed in Agribusiness as a #Youth…my experience! #IYD2016

Well its 12th August, 2016 and today been the International youth day, i decided to reflect on the Nigerian 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!

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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 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 10k per week for watering? They said No…can you afford 4000 seeds of ugu, even at #25 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, a Nigerian 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 o…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 #IYD2016

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Nigeria: Order High Quality Pineapples from Pizzi Double Farms

mr.patrick                                       Mr. Patrick Konkon, CEO Pizzi Double 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.

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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.

This is a sponsored post, to promote your Agribusiness product, service or event… contact us.

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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.

Venue:

Agritechnovate Teaching and Research farm,

Iganke Epale town,

Along Ikorodu-Epe Express Way,

Epe-Lagos State.

Dates:

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.

APPLY HERE

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)agritechnovate.com in this format:

Full Name:
Depositors’ Name:
Phone No:
Location:
Gender:

“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 info@taiagro.com in this format:

Full Name:
Depositors’ Name:
Phone No:
Location:
Gender:

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

Please any further inquiries should be
forwarded to info@taiagro.com 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: http://www.taiagro.com/agribusiness-training.html

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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.

Update

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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Interested in Agribusiness Study+tour in Israel or any other country this year? Indicate your interest

isreal farmAre you an Agribusiness Professional, Investor, large scale farmer or anyone who wants to add technology and innovation to their Agribusiness venture? Then, an agricultural tour of Israel can be the opportunity to further your knowledge and interests, including visits to the historical, religious and natural attractions that make Israel unique.

We are partnered with an Israel based Agri-tourism Company owned and managed by a Professional Agronomist in Israel to provide an 8 days tour(January 26 – February 2, 2015). During the tour you will meet 10-15 agricultural specialists, these contacts may be your future business partners. The advantage of this study tour is visiting Arava Exhibition, which is excellent for creating contacts with major commercial companies ( irrigation, seeds, post harvest and other technologies).

Package Includes:

7 nights at 4 star hotel, double share. Single(attracts extra charge) – BB

8 days of transportation with minibus

4 days private agriculture tour with agronomist

3 day historical sites tour with tourist guide

This package does not include: – Flight tickets, visa arrangement, medical insurance, travel insurance or anything not mentioned above.

Daily Schedule Day 1 – Monday

Meet at the airport, Caesarea historical sites and Haifa tour.

Transfer to hotel in Haifa.

Evening– opening discussion and lecture about the agriculture in Israel

Overnight in Haifa

Day 2 Tuesday

Agricultural tour guided by agronomist– Galilee area

Topics of this day:

Banana and Avocado plantations

Intensive fish farming

Visit to cooperative Dairy farm and meeting with supervising farm manager

Evening: Meeting with an Israeli turn-key-project company representative

Overnight in Haifa

Day 3 Wednesday

Agricultural tour guided by agronomist– Hadera and Lachish area

Topics of this day:

Drip irrigation company

Free range hens and the egg industry

Cultivation of table- and winery grapes

Overnight in Arad

Day 4 Thursday

Agricultural tour guided by agronomist – Arava area

Topics of this day: Visit to Arava Agricultural Exhibition

Private farms: greenhouse / net-house growing peppers

Afternoon tour to the Dead Sea

Overnight in Arad

Day 5 Friday

Transfer to hotel in Tel-Aviv.

Tel-Aviv tour

Overnight in Tel-Aviv

Day 6 Saturday

Jerusalem Tour

Overnight in Tel-Aviv

Day 7 Sunday

Agricultural tour guided by agronomist– Tel-Aviv area

Topics of this day:

Volcani Center – R&D of Agricultural post-harvest technology

Wastewater treatment plant; deterrence of soil and water pollution

Meeting with marketing manager of vegetables seeds company

Overnight in Tel-Aviv

Day 8 Monday

Free day Transfer to the airport

NOTE: This post has been modified to accommodate anyone whomis interested in a study tour in Isreal, or any country. Only interested and financially capable individual investors or Agribusiness Professionals should express their interests here and call to make reservations. Thank you.

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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.

Guidelines

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.

Requirements

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: http://bit.ly/faraessay  

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)

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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.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

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

WHOM TO ATTEND

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

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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.

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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| fareedibrahim26@gmail.com.

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).

Source: http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/west-africa/youth-and-agriculture-west-africa

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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.
E-mail: info@farmingmatters.org

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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

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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.

Duration
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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Support Young #Agripreneur in Africa and improve #Food Security

A lot of countries in Africa are beginning to turn their attention to Agriculture, after a long time neglect of this sector, due to the Oil boom and over dependence on foreign aid.

If Food security is to be achieved in Africa, then a group of people have to be trained, groomed and supported to achieve that feat: The Youth! 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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Nigeria: Locate the Bank of Agriculture nearest to you

The Federal Government of Nigeria recently approved 12billion naira soft loans for farmers to be disbursed by the Bank of Agriculture (BOA), continue reading to locate any of their branch in the 36 states of the federation nearest to you.

ABIA STATE
1 Ohafia BOA 175 Arochukwu Road, Ohafia
2 Umuahia No. 5 Nsukka Str. Umuahia
3 Akoli-Menyi Uzu Akoli Road, Akoli-Menyi
4 Isuochi Diocessan Building, Isuochi Continue reading

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Apply:LEAP Fellowship grants for Students from Sub-Saharan Africa

The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP) is seeking applications for fellowship grant opportunities for students from sub-Saharan Africa.

The deadline is December 1, 2013 for fellowships starting April 1st, 2014 to March 31st, 2015.

Applications are requested from sub-Saharan African students conducting research on topics related to the US government’s global hunger and food security initiative — FEED THE FUTURE. Continue reading

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Apply: IICD Country Programme Manager(Africa)

IICD

IICD is a non-profit foundation that specialises in information and communication technology (ICT) as a tool for development. IICD is active in Africa and Latin America where we bring about technical and social innovations that create and enhance development opportunities in education, health, economic development, and water and climate resilience. For maximum impact we work closely with partners from the public, private and non-profit sectors.
More information about IICD can be found at http://annualreport.iicd.org and http://www.iicd.org

The Country Programs department manages all ICT4D programs and projects in 11 countries.

Country Officer

The Country Officer will support the Country Programs department in managing the program in an African country by ensuring timely planning, delivery and follow up of IICD activities to meet the results and targets of the established goals.
Summary of key responsibilities
*.Project cycle management of the country projects
*.Managing and communicating with partner organizations in the countries
*.Ensuring target realization of the program portfolio the country
*.Delivering country specific information as required for annual planning and donor reporting
*.Ensuring all country information is captured in internal systems
*.Supporting proposal writing and other acquisition tasks
*.Any other task as assigned by the CM in support of the country program
*.Specific knowledge, skills and abilities:
*.2+ years experience in project management cycle; monitor activities, target realisations, coach our partners towards the set deliveries
*.Able to communicate with different international stakeholders
*.Able to gather necessary information for target realisation, lessons learned, impact of the programmes
*.Contribute to proposal writing for new programmes and projects
*.Excellent written, verbal, networking and interpersonal communication skills;
*.Fluent in English (speaking and writing). Dutch or French is a plus.
Required knowledge, skills and abilities:
*.Master Degree in social/technical/business studies;
*.Thematic expertise and knowledge of ICTs for Economic Development, Water & Climate and/or Education a plus;
*.Knowledge and affinity with ICTs a plus;
*.EU/Dutch working permit;
*.Self-motivated, responsible, with proven commitment to continuous learning and self-development;
*.Independent worker;
*.Results driven;
*.Positive, flexible and optimistic;
*.Creative and entrepreneurial;
*.High degree of professional versatility and hands-on capability;
*.Convincing presenter for small and large groups;
*.A great team player.

We offer:

*.Competent work environment with room for personal development and initiative;
*.Competitive salary package conform to Dutch NGO standards;
*.International working environment.

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AGORA: Bridging the information gap in agriculture

AGORA makes online scientific literature available to over 100 poor countries – Tenth anniversary celebrated in Rome

Photo: ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano

Access to information is key to develop agriculture and ensure food security.

AGORA, a programme that brings key scientific literature on food, agriculture and related fields to students, researchers and scientists, has become a crucial tool for some of the world’s poorest countries.

Ten years after its launch in 2003, AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) now provides free or low-cost access to over 3 500 key journals and 3 300 books in food, nutrition, agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences. Continue reading

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e-Agriculture and its role in reducing unemployment and Hunger

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Picture credits: ifad.org

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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Nigeria: Apply for an Opportunity to learn from practical vegetable farmer!

Are you a young person who wants to learn directly from a practical vegetable farmer, on how to successfully farm each of the following:
Watermelon
Cucumber
Green beanls
Green pepper
Cabbage
SweetCorn
Lettuce e.t.c
Training is for 3 months; after which you can decide to work with us and be a member of Team Jireh.

NOTE: There is available accomodation for 5 Trainee staff in the farm. With free transportation from Jireh House to Farm daily.
Contact: Whatsapp: 08097273034
E-mail: investjireh@gmail.com

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My Cucumber Farming Journey Part2

Hello Fans, In any case you missed the first part of my cucumber farming journey, you can read it here.

Well, after the loss of funds I had to actually get to the bottom of the matter and see why things went south. I actually saw the following challenges:

(1) I was not always on the farm everyday as I wasn’t leaving near the farm yet.

(2) The orientation of my bed was against the flow of water and since the area was water logged, there was no drainage.

(3) I used ONLY inorganic fertilizers which were applied apparently too close to the plants by the labourers I hired.

(4) I used too many pesticides because of a high pest infestation.

(5) I used non-hybrid seeds.

Having known this, I went back to the drawing board, re-strategised and started a new farm. This time, I had to make sure i never repeated any previous mistakes. I moved down to a part of the land that have never been cultivated, I planted hybrid seeds, mulched and made sure I visited the farm everyday and this time, I went organic, though not 100%! I got a biological pheremone(Tsukill) to curtail insects and made sure i used only organic ammendments.

Well, this time I got it right…or so I thought. Then the rains returned in september and my siting the farm in a water logged area, downy mildew wiped the farm away even with my fungicide sprays the disease didn’t respect the fungicide. Fortunately was able to harvest over 30 bags on 1 plot of land…better than before…the story continues.

Enjoy some pictures

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My Cucumber Farming Journey Part1

Hello Kalusam Blog readers…been a long while i educated you on my posts. Fact is, this blog was created to educate our fans on the opportunities in Agribusiness, encouraging them to involve in any form of Agribusiness they choose to. In the past we have discussed on fast money making Agribusiness ideas from crop farming(dry season vegetables) to Animal farming and processing.

Today, I will be driving you guys through my cucumber farming journey…sit tight and relax as you learn a lot from me on my journey into commercial farming with an interest in cucumbers!

Having been born into a family farming household, farming comes natural to me…getting my hands dirty was a piece of cake, as you might have seen from my previous posts…I don’t just farm, i understand every bit of the various crops we grow on our family farm. All except cucumbers, we never grew cucumbers even though we grew tomatoes(for family use though), so I had to learn the craft of cucumber farming….yes, i had to learn it!

After a few months of learning how to farm cucumbers through practical farming, learning from other experienced farmers and trial on a half plot of land for my family to see and learn from that it is a feasible form of Agribusiness venture , I decide to start mine. I needed to get a land closer to the market where it is in high demand-Lagos, Nigeria so I reached out to my friends on my network until i was fortunate to get 2 acres along Ikorodu-Epe Axis of Lagos(about 40 mins to the popular mile12 farmers market on a no-traffic time).

Having figured that out, I started land preparation and planted on a 1/2 acre field. Little did I know that the area was prone to flood and that my bed orientation would pose a big threat to the success of my farm. 2 months later, I lost thousands of naira worth of investments due to flash floods.

Men are not smiling....:(

Men are not smiling….:(

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Nigeria: Pre-order your farm technologies from us today!

You can now pre-order any Agric technology or solution. We have direct links to manufacturers and direct suppliers of high Quality, durable and affordable farm technologies!

We can help you procure: Tip drinkers for Pigs(all sizes), Rabbits and other animals. Rain gun, Drip irrigation kits, Egg incubator, Processing machines and  any other farm technology  you can think of!

We procure both Short range(50m radius and Long range Rain Gun(100m radius)  Sprinklers for your farm Project at affordable prices.

Contact us today for quotes.

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Make 200,000 Naira Or More Per Month Growing Indigenous Vegetables this dry season!

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Am sure the first thing on your mind when you saw the caption was…its impossible! Well, that’s your opinion and you are entitled to it. Whether you believe it or not this dry season will generate money for those who are (1) Smart. (2) See the opportunities. (3) Are ready to make money!

Back to the main gist. Do you know you can be making up to 50,000+ per harvest from your Telferia(Ugu), Chocorus(Ewedu), Amaranth(Efo and Soko), Water Leaf(Gwure) on a limited space of a plot(666m2) in Lagos?

Why indigenous vegetables?
Unlike the exotic ones, they are more hardy and resistance to disease, so no mildew(powdery and downy), no virus this or bacteria that, pest infestation can be easily managed and controlled. Secondly, everyday people must eat any of them…in fact Mama put and ‘Iya come chop’, Calabar Kitchen et al. cannot survive without them, hence you have a ready market.

If you are in doubt then join us on the farm any day in February, 2016(Except Sundays) as I take you through the rudiments of growing our indigenous vegetables successfully with limited space and how you can start maximizing profits in less than a month.

Training Fee: NGN5,000
Duration: 4 hours
Date: 1st to 15th February, 2016(Except Sundays)
Venue: Agritechnovate Project Farms, Epe, Lagos

Interested? Chose any date between 1st and 15th February, 2016, Make Payment into :

ACCOUNT NAME: AGRITECHNOVATE SOLUTIONS ENTERPRISES

BANKER: SKYE BANK

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 4110027406..

Then, send the message: <Name> <Space> <I am Interested on ……(date you will be coming)> to the number: 08027833353 or Whatsapp: 07036931636.

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Things You Need To Have Before You Venture Into Any Kind Of Farming

Lucrativeness of farming has been promoted by several bloggers, newspapers and “Agribusiness Consultants”, so much that everyone, young and old, rich and poor, men and women are trooping towards it, in many cases blindly. This interest in farming is a good sign, but the concerns of what really drives young people towards farming remain. Below are 5 things to posses before going all out on agriculture in order to reap the much mentioned success in the sector.

1. Information/knowledge. How much knowledge about farming do you possess. Like any other profession, farming requires expertise, in fact it requires a great deal of expertise because of the dynamic aspects of agriculture. Information such as weather patterns, what crop to farm on what soil and when and how do one get the best market, are very important. If you are truly keen on going into farming, roll up your sleeves and learn first.

2. Passion. How much do you want to farm? What motivates you to become a farmer. Many young people are lured into the trade with the glossy stories of success in the media without acknowledging the potentially disastrous risks involved. If you are not so much into it, the returns wont be too much into you either. Without passion, you may totally lose interest and miss out of the opportunities in the Agribusiness sector after a first failed attempt.

3. Capital. Young people interested in farming encounter their first hurdle in terms of capital. This is normal. Remedy for this can be found in the many agricultural support loans being given out by organizations, banks and even the government. The most important thing is the information on how to access these financial services. However, I personally advise you make some money first from other sectors before venturing into farming, or if you have friends and family who will be ready to invest in you and your dreams then you are good to go!

4. Total Commitment. There is a new crop of young farmers who engage in farming “via proxy”, mobile phone farming or absentee farming. From my personal experience, this does not work at all. Even if you have a good farm manager, there a number of things that will go wrong without your actual presence. For greater rewards in farming, you need to be on site. If you are very busy, I advise you start out a small farm near your house, even on concrete floors you can grow in bags or plastic containers.

5. Persistence. You are more likely to be disappointed by your farm in the beginning. This is called the learning period and giving up should not be an option. Wrap the failures under the folder of experience and use it to become better. It is important to expect misfortunes and be ready for them. Just remember NEVER give up, even if you fail several times in your farming attempt despite receiving previous training know one thing…you are building yourself up for greater things, when other farmers see dangers you will see opportunities, those periods you will be the only one taking to the market and make good profit.

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Africa: The Mastercard Foundation Research Shows How African Youth Navigate Risk to Survive

PRESS RELEASE

Hundreds gather at the inaugural Young Africa Works Summit to address youth unemployment and opportunities within the agricultural sector

The MasterCard Foundation today released preliminary findings from innovative research conducted over the past six months into youth employment behaviours in Africa, where 600 million people are under the age of 25 and 72 percent of its youth live on less than US$2 per day. The Youth Livelihoods Diaries research highlights the extraordinary lengths that young people go to as they try to achieve sustainable livelihoods.

“There is a distinct lack of research into the daily lives of African youth as they seek secure, safe and better paid work,” said Ann Miles, Director of Programs, Financial Inclusion & Youth Livelihoods at the Foundation. “The agricultural sector is set to create eight million stable jobs by 2020 and up to 14 million if the sector is accelerated. We believe it has to feature prominently in development plans for the continent if we hope to achieve a prosperous future for young Africans.”

Solutions for accessing employment and micro-business opportunities within the agriculture value chain are a main topic at The MasterCard Foundation’s Young Africa Works Summit taking place in Cape Town on October 29-30.

This inaugural event is bringing together hundreds of experts, practitioners, young people and policymakers to discuss practical solutions to address youth unemployment on the continent. The Summit will explore strategies and solutions to enable young people to transition to more secure employment, focusing on the agricultural value chain as a prime source of opportunity. It will also provide a space to cultivate fresh ideas, partnerships and networks. More than 50 young people will be in attendance to share their perspectives in relation to employment or self-employment in this sector.

Preliminary findings of the Youth Livelihoods Diaries research project indicate that:

– Young people in Africa need to have multiple jobs to survive. Although many of them pursue various micro-business ideas, they often find themselves also having to work in agriculture (sometimes just for household consumption). This experience causes many not to consider agriculture as a viable profession.

– More than 50 percent of young people are able to save money. The majority are saving cash at home rather than using a bank account.

– Young people are increasingly using technology, particularly mobile phones. Although this provides new opportunities, it also presents costs.

– Information about jobs and skills acquisitions is seen as the greatest need for research participants.

In 2016, the Foundation will publish a comprehensive report that fully explores the data findings and patterns. To date, it has committed more than $US300 million to rural and agricultural initiatives that increase access to financial services and prepare young people for employment and/or entrepreneurship opportunities in Africa.

To follow the conversation at the Young Africa Works Summit, follow the Foundation on Twitter @MCFoundation and the event hashtag: #YAW2015. Summit materials can be found at http://www.youngafricaworks.org

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of The MasterCard Foundation.

About The MasterCard Foundation

The MasterCard Foundation works with visionary organizations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Africa.

As one of the largest, independent foundations, its work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion in order to alleviate poverty. Based in Toronto, Canada, its independence was established by MasterCard when the Foundation was created in 2006. For more information, please visitwww.mastercardfdn.org or follow us on Twitter @MCFoundation.

About The MasterCard Foundation’s Youth Livelihoods Program

The Youth Livelihoods Program seeks to improve the capacity of young men and women to transition to jobs or create businesses through a holistic approach which combines market-relevant skills training, mentorship and appropriate financial services. Through our partnerships, our program is supporting innovative models that help young people transition out of poverty and into stable livelihoods. Since 2010, the Foundation has committed $US291 million to 29 multi-year projects across 16 countries in Africa. More than 455,000 young people have been reached through the Youth Livelihoods program.

For more information, please contact:

Kristy Tomkinson

Communications Associate

The MasterCard Foundation

ktomkinson@mastercardfdn.org

+1-416-214-1426

Source: The MasterCard Foundation

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