Farmcrowdy was invited to a seminar organized by the youth corpers attached to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan titled “Becoming an Agric Entrepreneur: The Basics.”
IITA is an award-winning, research-for-development (R4D) organization, providing solutions to hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources in Africa. Since 1967, IITA has worked with international and national partners to improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity.
As an agric tech platform with closely related goals, we are proud to be associated with the IITA as we continue to strive towards our ultimate goal of empowering 10 million rural farmers across Africa.
Tope Omotolani, Farmcrowdy’s VP of Operations spoke at the event, and members of the digital team were also present. Also present at the event was the Commissioner for Youth and Sports for Oyo State, Honourable Wole Oke, the Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery in IITA Nigeria, Dr. Dashiell Kenton, the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurial Development (SAED) Coordinator for NYSC in Oyo State, Mrs Mariam Omogha who was represented by Mrs Ifeoma Anidobi, the NYSC coordinator for Oyo State, amongst other distinguished guests.
We got a lot of favourable response from speaking on this topic so we thought to share some of the highlights of our presentation with you.
#1 What Agriculture is not: Agriculture is not a get-rich-quick-scheme or a quick fix.
Agriculture is a major problem in Nigeria that needs to be solved and you can only get paid for solving a problem.
#2. Learn from taking small steps
#3 Find your own fun and create value while you are at it: you can be a part of the agricultural value chain even if you are not a farmer. Find what interests you and create value.
Some roles you could apply your unique skills to include:
You can use whatever your skill set is to create value in agriculture. We do this every day at Farmcrowdy.
Our Farm Operations Ninja
The Digital Marketing Farmer
The Visual Designer Farmer
In a bid to encourage youth participation in Agriculture, Farmcrowdy’s VP Operations, Tope Omotolani announced Farmcrowdy’s intention to work in partnership with IITA to select 50 of their Youth Corp Members to cultivate a 250 Acre (100 Hectares) farm. The Youth Corpers present were excited about this development and expressed their appreciation through the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) Coordinator, Molayo Owoeye.
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