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Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition • FSN Forum

Re: Sustaining the Impact of Capacity Development Initiatives for African Youth in Agriculture

Philip Ifejika
Philip Ifejika National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries ResearchNigeria

Youth capacity building for agripreneur is aimed at empowerment with knowledge, skills and attitudinal change. Capacity building is a solid foundation to groom youths with practical demonstration. We have done this successful with good results for government and private. On going is under graduate trainee program called "students industrial work experience scheme ( SIWES) where over 2500 have been trained in Aquaculture & fishery. Most students confessed that the work experience changed their perspective and give them confidence in the course the are studying as lucrative.

However, past experience in one of the youth program was sad because after the training, they youths were not empowered to establish the enterprise. So, youth capacity building should be a complete package comprising of knowledge, skills, financial and inputs to put knowledge into practice.


Please find below a photo of students on SIWES training in Aquaculture in private fish farm in New Bussa, Niger State, Nigeria