The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture(IITA) in partnership with the Support for Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops (SARD-SC) in Africa, will hold a two – day workshop on Engagement of Youth entrepreneurship for Agricultural Transformation in Africa from 28th to 30th of May,2014. The opening session of the workshop is slated for Wednesday 28th May 2014 by 9.00am at the Conference Centre of IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria.
IITA and Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) are developing an Africa –wide program on Youth Agribusiness Development Initiative(YADI); a private public partnership to advance youth employment in Agriculture and Agribusiness in Africa. The workshop will bring together interested stakeholders to brainstorm and develop the Pan African youth in agribusiness program. Several dignitaries are expected at the workshop including Agricultural ministers, Heads of potential funding institutions such as IFAD,IDRC,BMGF and partners in African Agriculture development such as FARA and sub regional research organizations. Others expected are representatives of 20 SARD-SC project countries and heads of CGIAR institutions such as AfricaRice, ICARDA,IFPRI,ICRISAT, ICIPE and ILRI who shall be collaborating partners in the program.