Youth In Agrifood Export Development Program

Youth in Agrifood Export Development Program (YAEDP)

Youth in Agrifood Export Development Program (YAEDP)

The Youth in Agri-food Export Development Program (YAEDP) is a six-month program designed to develop the capacity of 15,000 Nigerian youth, aged 25 – 40 to participate in the export sector. The program will provide training, market linkages, and digital support to entrepreneurs and co-operative leaders in the Nigerian agri-food sector.

Locations

Abia, Adamawa, Cross River, Edo, FCT, Kano, Kogi, Lagos, Ogun, and Oyo.

Value Chains:

The YAEDP is accepting applications from agrifood entrepreners and cooperative leaders in these value chains: Cocoa, Spices, Sesame, Shea butter, Cashew, Cassava, Soybean, Rubber, and Ginger.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Nigerian agripreneurs and agro-cooperative leaders between 25 - 40 years old who are looking to export their produce.
  • The business/cooperative must be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
  • Applicants' businesses must be located in the priority states in the country.
  • Applicants must produce and/or sell food products in the priority value chains.
  • The business must have at least three employees.
  • The business must have been operational for at least one year.

If selected, participants must be willing to dedicate at least 3 hours in a week for 6 - 8 weeks for the training component of the program. The training will be entirely online leveraging digital channel and media.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, apply today!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Application is ongoing until 30 April 2022

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Do you have an existing business or lead an agro-cooperative?

Is your business/cooperative operating in the agriculture and food sector?

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Kindly note that if you do not have an existing business or lead an agro-cooprtative within the agriculture and food sector, you are not eligible for this program. Thank you for your interest in the program. Kindly visit https://www.nourishingafrica.com for other resources and opportunities in the African agrifood landscape.

Frequently Asked Questions

In partnership with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and Riby, Nourishing Africa has launched the Youth in Agri-food Export Development Program (YAEDP), a six-month program designed to develop the capacity of 15,000 Nigerian youth, aged 25 – 40 to participate in the export sector. The program will provide training, market linkages, and digital support to entrepreneurs and co-operative leaders in the agri-food sector across ten states in Nigeria including, Abia, Adamawa, Cross River, Edo, FCT, Kano, Lagos, Kogi, Ogun and Oyo. 

The YAEDP aims to ensure inclusiveness, hence, we strongly encourage applications from women and underrepresented youth such as those with disabilities. 

Applicants are to note that this program does not provide grants to participants. Application and participation in the program are free of charge.

The Program is open to all Nigerian citizens aged between 25 – 40 years, who own and run a food or agriculture business or lead an agrocommodity cooperative in the following states: Abia, Adamawa, Cross River, Edo, FCT, Kano, Kogi, Lagos, Ogun and Oyo

Yes. Applicants must be aged between 25 years to 40 years old.

No. Only businesses located in the following states can apply: Abia, Adamawa, Cross River, Edo, FCT, Kano, Kogi, Lagos, Ogun and Oyo

No. Businesses at the idea stage are NOT eligible to apply. The Program is aimed to support already existing agri-food businesses looking to export. 

Businesses that have been running for at least six (6) months are eligible to apply.

While we encourage agri-food business owners to become members of Nourishing Africa (due to its many benefits such as access to more funding opportunities and markets), a verified membership account is NOT part of the application criteria for the ongoing Program.

Yes, your business needs to be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission.

No, your business does not need to have an export licence.

You start the application by entering clicking on ‘begin’ provided on the application page above.

All applications must be submitted only through the ONLINE application form at www.nourishingafrica.com/yaedp/application

Please first ensure your internet connection is strong. If the problem persists, please try using a different web browser (for example: if you used a Chrome browser initially and encountered challenges, try using a Mozilla Firefox web browser).

No, unfortunately, you will not be able to resume your application. Applications must be completed in one sitting and cannot be saved to continue at a later stage.

Please check through the form to ensure you have answered all mandatory questions. If you are still unable to submit, ensure your internet connection is strong. If the problem persists, please try using a different web browser (for example: if you used a Chrome browser initially and encountered challenges, try using a Mozilla Firefox web browser).

No. Any submitted applications cannot be edited. Ensure to review your application before clicking the submit button.

The application form is open and ongoing until further notice. Successful applicants will be notified of the date their cohort will commence training.

You must answer all the mandatory questions in the application form and provide accurate and up-to-date information.

At least 15,000 applicants will be chosen for the Program.

No. Nourishing Africa and its partners do not charge any fee for applying or participating in the Program. Please report any suspicious activities or attempts to solicit funds from you to the organization using this link: https://www.nourishingafrica.com/whistleblowing

Successful applicants will be notified via the email address they have used in their application form.

No. The training will be done ONLINE.

The training is self-paced for six weeks. There will also be open Zoom sessions where participants are expected to join live. 

Participants are expected to commit between 3 – 4 hours per week to take the self-paced courses.

More information will be shared with successful applicants in due course.