NestlÃ© Central and West Africa (CWA) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) have launched a new initiative called Youth Agripreneurship Development Program (YADIS). The aim is to accelerate the sustainable development of farmer livelihoods and increase the interest and opportunities for youths in farming agri-food businesses in Ghana, CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire and Nigeria.
According to the company, the programme which is set to run for two and half-years will benefit a total of 2,000 young agripreneurs and smallholder farmers, particularly women. The scheme will focus on training on good agricultural practices and entrepreneurial skills to produce and supply high quality maize, soybean, rice, cassava, cocoa and coffee.
The programme in Ghana will be implemented by a Ghanaian agribusiness, Sahel Grains and will target 300 young agripreneurs with specialised capacity building and mentoring, who will in turn serve another 49,500 farmers in Northern Ghana.
The scheme which will focus on the maize value chain will increase incomes of the targeted youth agripreneurs and farmers, fifty percent of whom will be female. The trainings will target input and output aggregation; training in improved production and post-harvest management practices accompanied by services such as mechanisation services and crop insurance.
As part of its purpose of â€œenhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier futureâ€�, NestlÃ© will provide as part of its contribution, technical support to improve grains quality and strengthen services offered to farmers in upgrading the maize supply chain.
The company will also provide a reliable premium market offtake of the maize by Sahel Grains. It has also committed to purchasing 1,500 MT of Maize and 2,500 MT of Cassava from the youth agripreneurs who will deliver the acceptable quality produce.