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 No fewer than 900 youths and women have been enlisted to benefit from the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises in Niger Delta LIFE ND agriculture business programme in Delta The State Project Coordinator LIFE ND Mr Collins Ashoro disclosed this while addressing the beneficiaries at a one day orientation programme on Monday in Agbor Ika South Local Government Area LGA of Delta He said that the project had empowered and graduated 320 youths and women in its first phase in four agriculture business areas of poultry fishery oil palm and cassava in Delta LIFE ND a Federal Government initiated project in partnership with International Funds for Agricultural Development IFAD and the states government is focused on developing the Agricultural sector of the economy to reduce youth unemployment The Project which was initially scheduled to be implemented in the nine Niger Delta States of Abia Bayelsa Cross Rivers Delta Edo Ondo Imo Akwa Ibom and Rivers is now effective only in the six IFAD funded states of Abia Bayelsa Cross Rivers Delta Edo and Ondo I will like to inform you that LIFE ND Project whose goal is to transform the rural economy also has the objective of enhancing the income food security and job creation of rural youth and women through agribusiness development on a sustainable basis in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria This engagement and training of the new 900 beneficiaries is the second in the series since the commencement of the project in 2019 for the youth between ages 18 and 35 years who are not gainfully employed Delta State LIFE ND Project has empowered 320 youths and women in four agriculture businesses namely poultry fishery oil palm and cassava in 58 incubation centres located in 52 communities in 10 participating LGA Ashoro said He said that the 900 beneficiaries were screened in their communities and were selected based on several criteria adding that they would also be trained in four agriculture businesses of poultry fishery oil palm and cassava According to Ashoro the orientation programme is staggered and taking place simultaneously at various locations in Ika South Ika North East Ndokwa West Ndokwa East Bomadi Burutu Uvwie Sapele Ughelli North Ethiope East and Okpe LGAs in Delta The LIFE ND Project is special because it uses a unique implementation approach called Agribusiness Incubation Model like the Igbo s business strategy of Master Servant Apprenticeship model employed in training and empowering the youths in the eastern part of Nigeria he said He lauded the Gov Ifeanyi Okowa led government s SMART Agenda Programme which robust agricultural policies has helped to bring prosperity to the people of the state especially the youths He therefore encouraged the beneficiaries incubators and incubatees to take full advantage of the training to equip themselves with the necessary skills to become the next generation of Nigeria successful entrepreneurs It is pertinent to mention that through the two major components and four sub components of the projects significant impacts have been made in the area of infrastructural development input distribution and capacity building Ashoro said In his remarks the Permanent Secretary Delta State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Mr Ben Agamah said the design and implementation of LIFE ND project was through the incubation model which is trainee centered service oriented and result based He lauded the state officials of the project adding that the commencement of LIFE ND Project by the state was a step in the right direction Agamah charged the beneficiaries to take the training serious and to consider it as a lifetime opportunity and to take full advantage of it by demonstrating the willingness to learn and capacity to grow It is with pleasure that I am with you today on the occasion of the orientation training of this batch of incubators and incubatees quickwin trainers and trainees of the Delta state LIFE ND Project As many of you are aware entrepreneurship development and Job creation is at the core of His Excellency the governor Sen Ifeanyi Okowa s SMART Agenda The LIFE ND project is sponsored to unlock and unleash youth entrepreneurship through the adoption of the Incubation Model in the value chains of four priority commodities in agriculture Poultry Fishery Oil palm and Cassava Agamah said According to him the strategy is to turn unemployed youths in the rural communities into entrepreneurs leaders and managers that have high levels of personal responsibility and effectiveness I am confident that you are the next generation of entrepreneurs the state is waiting for to help mitigate the problem of food security job creation and income generation As beneficiaries of the LIFE ND Project I charge you to be good ambassadors You must lead by examples and imbibe the virtues of discipline focus punctuality hard work and accountability that constitute the ingredients for success in life On their part Ika South Council Chairman Sunny Tatabuzogwu and Chairman Delta Agricultural Development Agency Dr Emmanuel Tidi lauded the project for its capacity to create jobs wealth and development across the state Some of the beneficiaries lauded the sponsors and the state government for the training while pledging their commitment to the programme Mr Amos Iyare a farmer said he would be engaging in cassava value chain to deepen his income to care for his family I thank the sponsors because anybody that supports me is my helper he said NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
FG, IFAD LIFE-ND project empower 900 youths, women in agri-business in Delta 

Improvement Family Enterprises in Niger

No fewer than 900 youths and women have been enlisted to benefit from the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises in Niger Delta ( LIFE-ND) agriculture business programme in Delta.

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State Project Coordinator

The State Project Coordinator, LIFE-ND, Mr Collins Ashoro, disclosed this while addressing the beneficiaries at a -one- day orientation programme on Monday in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area (LGA) of Delta.

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He said that the project had empowered and graduated 320 youths and women in its first phase in four agriculture business areas of poultry, fishery, oil palm and cassava in Delta.

Federal Government

“LIFE-ND, a Federal Government initiated project in partnership with International Funds for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the states government, is focused on developing the Agricultural sector of the economy to reduce youth unemployment.

Niger Delta States

“The Project which was initially scheduled to be implemented in the nine Niger Delta States of Abia, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta, Edo, Ondo, Imo, Akwa Ibom and Rivers, is now effective only in the six IFAD funded states of Abia, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta, Edo and Ondo.

LIFE-ND Project

“I will like to inform you that LIFE-ND Project, whose goal is to transform the rural economy also has the objective of enhancing the income, food security and job creation of rural youth and women through agribusiness development on a sustainable basis in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria.

“This engagement and training of the new 900 beneficiaries, is the second in the series since the commencement of the project in 2019 for the youth between ages 18 and 35 years who are not gainfully employed.

Delta State LIFE-ND Project

“Delta State LIFE-ND Project has empowered 320 youths and women in four agriculture businesses namely, poultry, fishery, oil palm and cassava in 58 incubation centres located in 52 communities in 10 participating LGA,” Ashoro said.


He said that the 900 beneficiaries were screened in their communities and were selected based on several criteria, adding that they would also be  trained in four agriculture businesses of poultry, fishery, oil palm and cassava.

Ika South

According to Ashoro, the orientation programme is staggered and taking  place simultaneously at various  locations in Ika South, Ika North East, Ndokwa West, Ndokwa East, Bomadi, Burutu, Uvwie, Sapele, Ughelli North, Ethiope East and Okpe LGAs in Delta.

LIFE-ND Project

“The LIFE-ND Project is special because it uses a unique implementation approach called Agribusiness Incubation Model, like the Igbo’s business strategy of Master-Servant Apprenticeship model employed in training and empowering the youths in the eastern part of Nigeria,” he said.

Ifeanyi Okowa

He  lauded the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa led government’s “SMART” Agenda Programme which robust agricultural policies has helped to bring prosperity to the people of the state, especially the youths.

He, therefore, encouraged the beneficiaries (incubators and incubatees) to take full advantage of the training to equip themselves with the necessary skills to become the next generation of Nigeria successful entrepreneurs.


“It is pertinent to mention that through the two major components and four sub-components of the projects, significant impacts have been made in the area of infrastructural development, input distribution and capacity building,” Ashoro said.

Permanent Secretary

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Ben Agamah, said the design and implementation of LIFE-ND project was through the incubation model which is trainee-centered, service oriented and result based.

LIFE-ND Project

He lauded the state officials of the project, adding that the commencement of LIFE-ND Project by the state was a step in the right direction.

Agamah charged the beneficiaries to take the training serious and to consider it as a lifetime opportunity and to take full advantage of it by demonstrating the willingness to learn and capacity to grow.

LIFE-ND Project

“It is with pleasure that I am with you today on the occasion of the orientation training of this batch of incubators and incubatees;  quickwin trainers and trainees of the Delta state LIFE-ND Project.

His Excellency

“As many of you are aware, entrepreneurship development and Job creation is at the core of His Excellency the governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa’s SMART Agenda.

Incubation Model

“The LIFE-ND project is sponsored to unlock and unleash youth entrepreneurship through the adoption of the Incubation Model in the value chains of four priority commodities in agriculture; Poultry, Fishery, Oil palm and Cassava,” Agamah said.


According to him,  the strategy is to turn unemployed youths in the rural communities into entrepreneurs, leaders and managers that have high levels of personal responsibility and effectiveness.


“I am confident that you are the next generation of  entrepreneurs the state is waiting for to help mitigate the problem of food security, job creation and income generation.

LIFE-ND Project

“As beneficiaries of the LIFE-ND Project, I charge you to be good ambassadors.

You must lead by examples and imbibe the virtues of discipline, focus, punctuality, hard work, and accountability that constitute the ingredients for success in life.”

South Council Chairman

On their part, Ika  South Council Chairman, Sunny Tatabuzogwu and Chairman, Delta Agricultural Development Agency, Dr Emmanuel Tidi lauded the project for its capacity to create jobs, wealth and development across the state.


Some of the beneficiaries lauded the sponsors and the state government for the training while pledging their commitment to the programme.

Amos Iyare

Mr Amos Iyare, a farmer, said he would be engaging in cassava value chain to deepen his income to care for his family.


“I thank the sponsors because anybody that supports me is my helper,” he said.

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