We are Start Them Early Program
In September 2018, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture received the Africa Food Prize Award at the Africa Green Revolution Forum in Kigali, Rwanda.
Early Program (STEP) in 2018 with the aim of attracting and retaining the interest of primary and secondary school students in agriculture. The STEP initiative is one of IITA’s effort in ensuring that young people embrace agriculture as a career and business.
The DG-IITA, Dr Nteranya Sanginga in his speech while receiving the award on behalf of the Institute revealed that the next program IITA will be involved in will be to start changing the mindset of young people in primary and secondary schools about agriculture. True to his words, Dr Sanginga established the Start Them Early Program.
STEP intends to “catch them young” to ensure that they willingly embrace the sector as a career, establish youth-led agribusinesses, and create jobs for others. They are also expected to contribute their quota towards food production and safety. The project is being implemented in DR Congo, Kenya and Nigeria.
“Our goal is to redirect the aspirations of the young youth towards careers in modern agriculture”
WHO WE ARE
WHAT WE DO
We use an integrated training strategy that responds to the agribusiness needs of students, teachers and their communities. We transfer new technologies and modern techniques in agriculture to families, farmers, and communities, using the trained students and teachers. In most cases, this has translated into more employment opportunities, and improved food productivity and income, especially for families whose sources of livelihood were primarily farming.
STEP Addresses 7 of the Global SDG's
In 2012, the United Nations developed the renowned 17 sustainable development goals which were set with the sole purpose of meeting the urgent environmental, political and economic needs of countries of the world. Some of these goals blend closely with what STEP has set out to achieve in Africa.