Youth Speaker entry #12: Udebuana Oscar Obiorao (Nigeria)

Global Impact Foundation, is an initiative that diversifies into three spheres of human capacity development and improvement of livelihood. They are agriculture, health and education.

Agriculture project

We have executed numerous projects especially in agriculture we implemented “the Green Barn” project in Akure and Ekiti, which has affected numerous lives and created job opportunities and has created positive impact to the youth.
Also we have a Agripreneur Project which is currently going on in the eastern part of Nigeria.

The Problem

About 20% of Nigerian young people are unemployed. Incidentally, agriculture provides an enormous opportunity for young people to become self-employed as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, young Nigerians in-school and out-of-school are not adequately trained to see agriculture as a profitable venture for income generation and for self- employment purposes. They lack the entrepreneurial and technical skills, practical agricultural techniques and knowledge to successfully create modern, small/medium scale commercial agricultural enterprises. Unfortunately, lack of employment opportunities for youth in Nigeria has led to youth restiveness, armed robbery, kidnapping, rural – urban migration and drug peddling. This is a very dangerous trend for the future leaders of the country.

The Solution

Oscar ObioraThe Agripreneurs Program tackles youth unemployment by empowering young Nigerians especially girls with practical, valuable and lifetime, agricultural, environmental management, financial education and entrepreneurship skills through the establishment of modern community or school crops, fruit trees and livestock garden which they entirely own and manage. Through this approach young people are empowered to sell the garden products, place the money in a Saving Bank Account and use the profit to grant themselves micro-loans to establish similar gardens at home, eventually becoming self- employed.

The Impact

  • Unemployed youths aged 18 – 35 years old acquires practical agricultural, environmental and entrepreneurship skills and becomes self-employed,
  • Youths successfully establishes crop, fruit trees and livestock gardens and micro enterprises at home, earns income and supports their parents,
  • Young people, takes-up and advances studies and careers in agriculture, environmental management and entrepreneurship,
  • Girls , increases their decision making ability, as such the independently decide what time to get married, what career or business they should do and what course to study in university,
  • Girls, takes the lead in making changes in their homes, their community and organizes themselves to take action on issues of girl empowerment,
  • Empowered young people fully participate in the decision-making process in their communities.

The Sustainability

“Community or School Garden Fund” is established through a Savings Bank Account to ensure project sustainability and inputs sustenance. This account is the operating fund for all community or school gardens. Signatories to this bank account are normally, for community gardens:

  • 3 officials of the Community Young Farmers Club which is established after the establishment of every community garden. For school gardens:
  • 2 students from junior and senior classes, School Young Farmers Club which is established after the establishment of every school garden, the school principal and 1 teacher. Generally, 50% of the garden profit is deposited in the “Community or School Garden Fund”, to ensure continued ability to purchase inputs and supplies, to maintain the irrigation system; purchase livestock feed, maintain the fencing, and pay for associated products marketing and other related costs. 50% is placed in a “Special Imprest Account” to offer micro credit loans to all the trained youths and students targeting girls, at the first instance to establish similar gardens in their own homes and become self-employed.

Our project site areas:

  • Anambra State (Community Sec School, Umuya)
  • Imo state (Izombe Secondary Community School)
  • Abia state (St. Joseph’s Senior College Aba)
  • Oyo state (Ijokodo High Senior School, Ibadan)
  • Plateau State (Mangu Secondary School, Mangu)
  • St. Catherine’s girls Sec School (Nkwerre, Imo state)
  • Nkwerre high school (Nkwerre Imo state)
  • Development Sec. school (Owerri Imo state)
  • Isu girls sec. school (Isu Nwangele, Imo state)
  • Ohaji sec. school (Ohaji, Imo state)

Nutrition and education project:

We have also visited numerous schools especially the primary school to teach the pupils the basic essence of nutrition and the importance of education especially to homeless or to the orphans of the local community. We have covered about 5 states and 7 local government in just three years. These projects are realisable by us partnering with companies and government.

Text and video are submitted by Udebuana Oscar Obiorao (Nigeria) – oscarobiora(at)gmail.com

The content, structure and grammar is at the discretion of the author only.


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