The MasterCard Foundation and Michigan State University, United States, have committed $13m to train 15, 000 Nigerian and Tanzanian youths in agriculture and entrepreneurship.
According to the MasterCard Foundation, the five-year partnership will see youths, and drop-outs being trained in horticulture, aquaculture, poultry, cassava and oil seed production in the two countries.
Speaking at the inauguration of the AgriFood Youth Opportunity Lab in Lagos, the Senior Programme Manager, Youth Livelihoods, MasterCard Foundation, Mr. Konde Koira, noted that the training programme was aimed at wooing youths to the sector while also addressing food crisis and unemployment challenges in the country.
He said, “AgriFood Youth Opportunity will focus on youth ages 18 to 24 in major food shed regions surrounding Lagos and Dar es Salaam. This will assist economically disadvantaged, hard-to-reach and out-of-school youths transition into employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the agrifood system.”