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LIFE-ND project boosting youths’ interest in agriculture —IFAD


The Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises Project in the Niger Delta (LIFE-ND) project funded by IFAD is attracting young Nigerians into agriculture, to create jobs and boost food security.

This was expressed recently by the IFAD Nigeria Country Programme Manager, Mr. Patrick Habamenshi, during the IFAD/NDDC 2nd team Supervision Mission to the LIFE-ND.

The event involved the inspection of incubation centres spanning across different communities in Delta, Bayelsa and Ondo states where youths are undergoing training on different agricultural enterprises.

The teams representing the Federal Government, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) commended the achievements made so far by the project.

Habamenshi noted that he was impressed with the performance of the incubates and the way the agricultural potential of the youths in the communities were being harnessed by the project, stating that it was designed to address the challenges of youth restiveness and other social vices in the Niger Delta region.

“The project is pulling young people into agricultural farming activities. When we look at what we are seeing on the ground, it is very encouraging. You see young people explaining in their own words what they learnt in this incubation.

“They are also demonstrating and practicing what they learnt, which gives us confidence that they can stand on their own when they graduate and pull other young people into agriculture,” Habamenshi said.

Representing the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Director, Project Coordinating Unit, Dr. Bright Wategire stated that the LIFE-ND project was gradually delivering on its goals and mandate.


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