Nourishing Africa, in collaboration with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and Riby, has established the Youth in Agri-Food Export Development Program (YAEDP), a six-month program to enhance the capacity of 15,000 Nigerian youth aged 25 to 40 to participate in the export industry by providing business skill trainings.
Agri-food entrepreneurs and cooperative leaders in 10 Nigerian states; Abia, Adamawa, Cross River, Edo, FCT, Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, Kogi, Ogun, and Oyo will be able to access training, market connections, and digital support.
The YAEDP in a bid to ensure that everyone benefits from this programme, strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented youths such as those with disabilities.
Applicants should be aware that this program does not offer funding to cover costs incurred as a result of participation. To apply for the program, you do not have to pay any fee.
Some of the value chains in which YAEDP is accepting applications from agri-food entrepreneurs and cooperative leaders include Cocoa, Spices, Sesame, Shea butter, Cashew, Cassava, Soybean, Rubber, and Ginger.
TO BE ELIGIBLE;
Interested Nigerian agri-preneurs and agro-cooperative leaders must be between 25 – 40 years old and should be ones who are looking to export their produce.
Applicants’ businesses must be located in any of the earlier mentioned states in the country.
Applicants must produce and/or sell food products in the stated value chains.
The business must have been operational for at least one year.
As a participant, you will have to dedicate at least 3 hours in a week for 6 – 8 weeks for the training component of the program. The training will be entirely online, through digital channels and media.
If you meet the eligibility criteria, apply today!
Application is ongoing until 30 April 2022