About Us:

We are network of Agribusiness Marketing professionals from across Nigera. With chapters located in the Seven Geopolitical zone of our country and we also offers valuable opportunities to people in the agri-marketing industry.

Membership consists of manufacturers, retailers, agencies, media, academic, other associations and other agriculturally-related firms - all dedicated to improving the marketing and communications sector of the industry throughout the value chain.

Better agricultural and business management practices resulting in improved competitiveness, productivity, income, gross margin and yields for smallholder farmers and MSMEs.

Our Goal is to 'facilitate, improve and Promote Agricultural Producitivity marketing of exportable products and sustainable move Women and People out of chronic vulnerability and poverty via expanded opportunites'

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You Need To Know...

WOMEN  AGRO  PROCESSORS,  AGRIGEN  AND  EXPORTERS INITIATIVE  is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization established to promote agri business, entrepreneurship, youth and women development, career and character-based education and to build the capacity of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the social & business sector of our economy.


We are registered under the corporate Affairs commission (CAC) in Nigeria. Registration No; 168722


We are a network of agribusiness marketing professionals from across Nigeria. With chapters located in The SeVen geopolitical zone of our country, And We also offers valuable opportunities to people in the agri-marketing industry.

Membership consists of manufacturers, retailers, agencies, media, academia, other associations and other agriculturally-related firms - all dedicated to improving the marketing and communications sector of the industry throughout the value chain.

AGRIBUSINESS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

Bridging the Experience Gap is an educational program for young professionals involved in agriculture who want to sharpen their skills and better understand production systems. 

When new agribusiness employees begin to visit farms as part of their work duties, farmers indicate they prefer interacting with agribusiness professionals who have some practical on-farm knowledge. 

As the current agribusiness workforce ages and many retire, our land grant universities have fewer graduates with practical hands-on farm experience to fill those positions.

"Bridging the Experience Gap", provides early career agribusiness professionals with hands-on training and experience in many different aspects of agriculture.

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?

Individuals  who  participate  will  have a  combination  of  hands-on  learning activities, classroom-based instruction and excellent industry tours to enhance their experience and knowledge.

Four day-long sessions will feature:

•  Cropping systems, soils and agriculture equipment. Learn about the equipment from farmers and have the opportunity to test drive commercial implements.

•  Livestock, food safety and food processing. Take a tour of some of the leading agriculture processors in Michigan and visit livestock farms.

•  Farm technology and communication strategies. Learn about the latest precision agriculture technology and the future trends for our production systems.  Learn how to have effective conversations with farmers and others in related agriculture fields.

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"Bridging the Experience Gap"

THE FARM SCHOOL FOR WOMEN

The Farm School for Women, an on-farm field school training program for female farmers is offered to women (22 and older) interested in small scale farming and sustainable agriculture. 


It is an intensive training program in alternative, artisanal, agriculture that combines the art and skill of small scale farming.


The  seven-month  program  integrates  a structured  curriculum (ten  hours of seminars, workshops, field trips and independent projects) with twenty or more hours of field work, ranging from growing crops to caring for domestic animals to homesteading.


Students will be responsible for the gardens and the development of a small CSA and direct sales from an on-market farm. They will also conduct independent projects and work with established farmers, many of them niche farmers, on specific topics.


The program is designed for total immersion on the farm so that students "live" the farm life and realize the challenges, failures and rewards in the day to day operation. Graduates should be able to start,


Agriculture was once the mainstay of the Nigerian economy. Before the discovery of oil, commercial farms blossomed and farming was seen and practised as the main occupation.


The North had cotton, groundnuts and other products. The East had palm oil, while the South-West had cocoa. Agriculture laid the foundation for Nigeria's industrialisation, contributing the largest share to an economy that was experiencing boisterous growth.


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However, after the discovery of oil, with its increased production and the huge revenue which it attracted, less and less attention began to be paid to agriculture. Nowadays, most people in Nigeria, particularly the youth, are not interested and do not want to engage in farming any longer.

Most young people and unemployed graduates today are only interested in white-collar jobs. Unfortunately, there still exists the misconception that farming is a profession for the poor and the illiterate, which entails grueling toil on farmlands, with pittances as returns. These notions have been fuelled over the years by lack of proper training for those who go into agriculture, causing them to demonise and abandon the venture. This leads to an aging farming population. Nigeria's population is currently growing faster than there are farmers to feed the nation.

Nevertheless, agriculture still remains the largest sector of the Nigerian economy. It employs two-thirds of Nigeria's working population. Agriculture accounts for approximately 22 per cent of Nigeria's GDP. Our priority now should be to get young Nigerians acquainted with the nitty-gritty of agriculture at an early age, introduce them to the business aspect of agriculture and also ignite the interest of students in agriculture and encourage them to pursue agriculture-related occupations.

Another important area of the Nigerian educational system that needs to be given serious attention is the inclusion of vocational education and training in the school curriculum. In Nigeria, there is too much emphasis on university education and merely acquiring paper/academic  qualifications, not  bearing  in  mind  whether  the  holder possess the required knowledge and skills. 
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Generally have this mentality that a university degree is more important than technical or social training. We live in a society that places Wage a high value on white-collar jobs and 'professionals,' a society where blue-collar work is considered as low status. Parents want their children to pursue careers that will enable them maintain or even increase their high status. They want their children to get high-paying professional jobs.

They see vocational education as 'secondary and not important.' They just want academic success for their children. Many schools even place a high premium on college admissions and gaining admission into top ivy-league universities. 

This has reduced the economic opportunities for those who are more work oriented. It is therefore necessary and important  that  parents  be  re-educated  and  enlightened  regarding  the  values  of occupations that are not high on the social status scale. The inability of our educational system to provide youths with the demands of industries has  led  to  increased  frustrations.  

This further validates  the fact that vocational education brings both immediate and lasting economic returns for the country and its citizens. Schools in Nigeria need to introduce vocational education and training into their curriculum. By doing so, it will assist students to develop skills that can be of benefit to them in future. Until vocational education is taken seriously, only then will the economy become better.. 

Vocational education and training can contribute to the reduction of poverty, hunger and unemployment. It can help people become self-reliant.