supporting rural youth

The Facility for Youth Development (FAYODE) has proceeded to the third beneficiary of the programme to support the growth and expansion of businesses in the rural community of Joga Orile in Ogun State. The second beneficiary - Ms Aishat Odegbaro – is a Yam Miller within the community. The high school graduate started the business after high school and also works as a pump attendant in a nearby gas station. She runs the milling enterprise in partnership with her mother.



“Our aim is to provide opportunities for rural youth to engage in their own enterprises”

Opening the door to youth employment is a priority for Kanayo F. Nwanze, the FAO Special Goodwill Ambassador for Zero Hunger for the Africa Region. Nwanze trained as an agricultural research scientist and served as President of FAO’s sister UN agency, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, from 2009 to 2017.


Dr KanayoIn his speech accepting the Africa Food Prize in 2016, Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze dedicated the Prize to Africa’s youth. “……with this prize, I pledge to continue to coach, mentor and inspire our younger generation in building a better and brighter future for this continent; our Africa,” said the then President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).