In order to reduce youth unemployment, end hunger and boost agricultural production in the country, the World Bank through the Federal Government Fadama Programme and the Ministry of Agriculture launched the first set of the Fadama Graduate Unemployed Youths &Women Support programme (Fadama GUYS) with the following objectives:
- To develop the young farmers in farming skills with a view of complementing the ageing farmers in the State;
- To improve the skills of participants in specific areas of agriculture growth and development;
- Provision of food and raw materials for industries;
- To reduce unemployment.
Following an online application and series of interview stages, 260 candidates were selected and intensively trained for 2 weeks (17th – 29th July, 2017) at 4 different locations in the State: Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Odeda Farm Institute Eweje, Youth Development Centre Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library and Tai-Solarin University.
Participants were grouped into these agricultural enterprises – Crop, Livestock, Fishery and Post harvest practices. At the end of the training programme, each participant was asked to prepare and submit a business plan which was assessed by professionals in respective fields. These Fadama GUYS had to also upload their business proposals to the online portal for final selection by the Federal Government and World Bank Assessor team.
Successful Agripreneurs will be supported with a credit facility of about Two million (N2,000,000) Naira each depending on their business proposal for the implementation of their chosen enterprise which must run for a minimum period of 3 years. In order to ensure compliance with set rules and objective of the programme, a monitoring team will be constituted to monitor the activities of the Fadama GUYS at their enterprise locations across the State.