Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative (FBIN), an NGO. says it has trained 86 young farmers on climate resilient agriculture in seven states and the FCT.
FBIN Founder, Ms Nikiruka Nnaemego-Okonkwo, stated this at a “Mock Parliament on Climate Resilience Agriculture” in Abuja on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event marked end of the second phase of the programme popularly known as Y-Farm Project.
She said the essence of the training was to build a “climate resilient generation” among vulnerable youths and undergraduates from the states and the FCT.
“We have seen the negative impact of climate change on farmers. Once their farms are affected, they lose everything and this affects their income.
“So, we designed this programme to teach young farmers on agricultural methods and techniques that are resilient climate change.
“The training also covered climate change adaption, personal development and agribusiness, and we targeted youths in Anambra, Enugu, Benue, Kogi, Kaduna, Rivers, Imo and the FCT,” she said.
During the training, Nnaemego-Okonkwo explained,farmers were used for practical sessions on integrated organic farming .
She added that farm demonstrations on climate resilient agriculture were also carried out, leading to production of well-packaged liquid and organic manures that were sold out.
The FBIN founder said the second phase of the project, which ran between 2016 and 2017, was implemented with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
She called on the Federal Government, civil society organisations and the media to join in the campaign to create more awareness on climate change adaptation in the country.
Dr Claudia Ringler, a director in the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), said it was heartwarming that the youths were working to “touch every aspect of agriculture to have a good balance”.
Ringler stated that looking at the growing population, the country needed to do more on the development of agriculture.
She said that the Y-Farm project was capable of raising an army of young farmers to boost the country’s agricultural production.
IFPRI, according to her, is looking at the challenges in execution the project with the aim of addressing them to make it better.
Mr Nura Lawal, a senior agricultural officer at the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD VCDP), lauded the youth organisation for focusing on building a climate resilience generation.
He said this would help in assisting farmers to know the right things to do, adding that his organisation would do everything possible to see that the project met its objectives.
Mrs Ijeoma Anyanaso, one of the beneficiaries of the Y-farm ll project in FCT, said the programme had helped her to expand her business and increase her income.
NAN reports that Y-Farm was launched in 2014 to promote agriculture as a culture, career, business and fun activity among African youths.
Highpoint of the event was the launch of a success story book which captured the achievement of the NGO in the past four years.