Over, the last 10 years the “value chain” approach has turned the farming business from subsistence farming to cash farming. This means that more farmers farm for cash and less for consumption at home. Present day agriculture goes with advanced entrepreneurship and modern technology. For smallholder farmers in Nigeria to meet up with changing times in agriculture, they must comply with current trends and latest technological advances such as mechanization, use of high yielding varieties, application of inputs, weather forecast, post harvest storage and the use of ICT to market their agricultural products. This will enable their agri-business generate significant profits just like other businesses and go to scale.
Our Agriprenuership Academy is the centre for our practical field demonstrations.
Apart from technical skills, we impart advanced entrepreneurship skills on farmers unlocking their business potentials, to manage viable and world class agri-businesses. The Academy uses a Nigerian-centric 10 modules “Agriculture as a Business” curriculum to teach farmers, transforming them into confident entrepreneurs. The modules are:
- Module 1: “Agriculture as a Business” to strengthen farmer’s business idea
- Module 2: Developing a business plan
- Module 3: Developing a business model
- Module 4: Analyzing and identifying opportunities within the value chain
- Module 5: Markets, marketing and segmenting your markets
- Module 6: Communication, ICT, campaigns, advertisements and branding
- Module 7: Identifying your customer and your competition
- Module 8: Your Farm Product
- Module 9: Creating a functional team with clearly specified roles and responsibilities
- Module 10: The business plan and engaging investors
The academy also offers technical training on production, storage, processing and marketing of all local commodities, livestock and aquaculture.
Using the “Agriculture as a Business” approach we’ve trained women and young farmers and establish entirely “women/youth-owned farms for profit”