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 Future Farmers 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.
• 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.
"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.
(1.) Anambra State (Community Sec School, Umuya)
(2.) imo state (Izombe Secondary Community School)
(3.) Abia state St. Joseph's Senior College Aba)
(4.) oyo state (Ijokodo High Senior School, Ibadan)
(5.) Plateau State: (Mangu Secondary School, Mangu)
(6.) st. Catherine's girls Sec School, Nkwerre, imo state
(7.) nkwerre high school, nkwerre imo state.
(8.) Development Sec. school , owerri imo state.
(9.) isu girls sec. school, isu nwangele, imo state.
(10.) ohaji sec. school, ohaji, imo state.