IFAD Agrihub Nigeria has opened applications to allow unemployed youths and aspiring agripreneurs develop skills to become self-employed or secure employment in agriculture.
The training aims to improve the livelihoods of youth in the rural economy, as Agrihub intends to operate an inclusive model that provides opportunities for people with low levels of education.
According to IFAD Agrihub, to prevent food wastage, the youth must be trained in postharvest food handling, processing, and packaging, which is one of the mandates of the Agrihub Nigeria project.
This training is in collaboration with Cato Food, Iwo, Osun State.
The program provides a curriculum for youth (male and female) to learn about postharvest food handling, processing, and packaging.
Also inclusive in the program is classroom teaching, hands-on learning in the field, and internships that can lead to employment opportunities or starting their own food-processing factory.
To be eligible for the training, beneficiaries should be between the ages of 18 and 29, and must be passionate about agriculture especially food processing and its value chain.
At the same time, the beneficiary must be unemployed when applying, and must possess at least a junior or senior secondary school certificate and be literate in English or the local language.
Participants must also be physically and mentally fit to participate in all aspects of the training, although applicants with certain disabilities are also encouraged to apply.
However, this must be clearly communicated during the application period.