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November 26th, 2019 / The Guardian, Nigeria

The Federal Government and states have been advised to stop the talk and put infrastructure, enabling the environment and necessary investments in place to harness the intelligence, vigour, and vibrancy of Nigerian youths in agriculture.

Harnessing them in agriculture would create job opportunities, social-economic benefits and make Nigeria food-secure. Professor Chidi Ibe and Mr Fatai Afolabi, Managing Consultant/CEO of Foremost Development Services, gave the advice while delivering a keynote and discussing ‘Repositioning Sustainable Agriculture through Youth Engagement,’ respectively.

Organised by British-American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation and Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan Atlantic University, Nigeria, the agribusiness dialogue session brings agro-economy stakeholders together biennially to discuss solutions to challenges of agriculture and food security.

While talking on ‘Managing our Youths in Sustainable Agriculture: From Abracadabra to Realities,’ Prof Ibe recalled the groundnut pyramids in the old northern Nigeria, the vibrant cocoa economy in the old south-western Nigeria and palm oil and allied produce in the old eastern Nigeria and how they were lost to the ‘Oloibiri black gold.’ Read more …