Lead Transformation Initiative (LTI) a private organization has trained not less than 6,000 youths and Farmers in Ondo State on agribusiness.
This was made known by the Director of the organization, Mr. Titilayo Femi Kings, as the aim was to boost food production, enhance economic growth in the state and empower the beneficiaries to become self reliant and reduce unemployment.
According to him, the effort would also reduce youth restiveness and enable them contribute their quota to the development of the state and the country at large.
“We have reached out to over 6000 people (youth, rural farmers, women and kids) with its awareness campaign, workshops, in-class and hands-on trainings to drive its vision of raising transformed minds that are creating sustainable development in the rural and urban communities of Nigeria starting from Ondo State.”
“Our projects span across Gender Inclusion, youth development and Rural Community Development and we use Transformational Education and Climate Smart Agriculture as unique tools to achieve our vision.”
“Our project, Sustainable Development Bootcamp a six months agric-inclined transformative programme has trained over 95 youths on agribusiness development from which 25 startups have emerged along the agricultural value chains.”
“Our School of Ideation formerly Idea Spark, a one-week transformative short course has trained about 250 youths on process of ideation, 95 of them moved to incubation while 25 have commenced sustainable projects and enterprise.”
He further stated that his organisation has produced and sold over 35,000 tree seedlings from which “we have directly planted over 8000 trees with the joint efforts of youths and rural farmers to offset carbon in Akure South and Ifedore LGAs of Ondo State.
“The food forest gives regular produce such as honey, vegetables, tubers, fishes, poultry products and some other staple food items with which the farmers and youths are generating livelihood”
The Director of LTI said the Youth Grow Natural project has trained over 295 youths on practical agriculture who are now motivated to become actors in our food system and climate actions.”