National Geographic, Financial Times Feature Babban Gona on Creating Jobs For Youth
A recent National Geographic article asks whether new agricultural programs like Babban Gona could engage conflict-vulnerable youth as ‘agripreneurs’ and create millions of jobs for of unemployed youth in Nigeria and across Africa.
The Financial Times also featured Babban Gona on its role in increasing farmers’ productivity and giving youth a reason to stay on the land to tackle insecurity. With the demand for membership in Babban Gona exceeding the available financing to support these smallholders last season, additional investment, backed by government guarantee, is needed to fund the program to reach even more farmers. Beyond productivity improvement, developing local value chains and enhancing market access will also be important for addressing rural unemployment, as evidenced by organizations like Tomato Jos and Reel Fruit. Read the article here.