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Organisational Development, Technical and Entrepreneurial Skills Capacities Enhancement support for youth groups/Start-ups/Small Micro Enterprises. Maize value chain Kano

The development of four select agricultural value chains (maize, cassava, rice, Irish potato) across eight Nigerian states is just one of the bilateral projects being implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) under the special initiative, The Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector (GIAE). The aim of this intervention is to increase the income and productivity of small-scale farmers and micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises MSMEs) as well as boost youth entrepreneurship and employment by providing mentoring and training opportunities.

Ikore’s partnership with the GIAE, which focuses on the maize value chain in Kano, seeks to achieve this using a three-pronged approach.

- Supporting organisational development of youth groups and cooperatives to improve collective action and linkages with the relevant institutions,
- Strengthening technical and entrepreneurial capacities of youth start-ups and youth-owned MSMEs through training and coaching, and
- Facilitating more straightforward access to finance to the youth in Kaduna and Kano.
Over the next few months, Ikore will work with various youth-based cooperatives and individual entrepreneurs in the Maize value chain to improve and enhance their capacity to deliver.
Highlights of the activities for the capacity development project are:

Organizational Development for Youth Groups and Cooperatives

· Access relevant existing materials on organizational development, including GIZ materials as a starting resource material for the OD support to the target group
· Conduct and Validate Needs assessment
· Design and Validate capacity enhancement support plan for the youth groups and cooperatives to include training and coaching plan.
· Conduct training, mentoring and coaching support for youth groups and cooperatives
· Support trained groups to
o Promote initiatives that create mindset change among the youth to invest in agriculture as a viable venture.
o Facilitating linkages and networks that can help the youth connect with new suppliers, partners, and customers
· Monitoring of intervention progress and outcomes by trainees
· Design sustainability and exit strategy
· Support the trainers to develop robust training packages that add value, are cost-effective and affordable for groups and associations
• Targeted efforts to ensure inclusion of female youth groups and cooperatives
• Ensure involvement of relevant support institutions and agencies that can adapt the training approach

Technical and Entrepreneurial Skills Capacities Enhancement for Youth Start-ups and youth-owned MSEs
• Validate capacity enhancement support plan with relevant organisations and youth groups
• Develop essential training programmes with the combination of technical, enterprise and financial to improve their eligibility for bank financing with relevant and up-to-date curricula that integrates technical and entrepreneurial aspects of training with coaching support for youth
• Implementation of training and coaching support using the design training program
• Monitoring of intervention progress and outcomes by trainees
• Designing sustainability and exit strategy
• Ensuring involvement of relevant support institutions and agencies that can adopt training approach
• Stimulating youth to take up opportunities in climate-smart agribusiness ventures
• Identifying and selecting trainers that can provide continuous training to the target beyond the end of the project
Our Strategy

1. Preparatory Phase (Needs Assessment)
Their skills level, technical and entrepreneurial, will be assessed to set a baseline of capacity and to guide the design of the training and mentorship programme. Moreso, the information will aid the adaptation of the GIAE manuals to transfer relevant knowledge and skills.

2. Curriculum development
Synthesis, contextualizing, and adaptation underpin the curriculum development process. Key concepts, principles, and implementation protocols adapted based on contextual information (obtained from the needs assessment above) will form the underpinning theoretical framework of the curriculum.

3. Training delivery
Training materials will be produced for an online format and in-person delivery. Although the online format will require the adoption of various techniques to aid interaction and keep participants engaged, in both cases, technology is playing a significant role in taking opinion polls, in-class quizzes and other engaging platforms to drive participation. Our team of trainers will aim to transfer relevant knowledge and skill to each participant by adopting different training methods and youth learning principles ranging from;
❖ Youth and adult learning techniques ❖ Lecture ❖ Participatory ❖ Presentations ❖ Role Plays ❖ Discussion ❖ Experiential sharing ❖ Interactive ❖ Small group works to debate

4. Mentorship
We are setting up a mentorship programme that connects industry practitioners to the target beneficiaries through “on-the-job” support. As a process, we will present the profile of mentors, organise an event that brings the potential mentors to speak and interact with potential mentees, and allow the mentees to select who they want as a mentor. With this concept of motivation, self-interested individuals picking their mentee significantly improve the influence of the mentor on the mentee.

At the end of the intervention, participating youth groups, cooperatives and individuals would have grown and expanded their businesses, employed more people and improved the economic opportunities of their rural communities.