In a move to support the next generation of agricultural entrepreneurs, Golden Morn, a leading brand of Nestlé Nigeria, has presented seed funds to 25 young agripreneurs who emerged as winners of the Agripreneurship Programme in 2023.
The Golden Morn Agripreneurship Webinar Series, a collaborative initiative between the Golden Morn brand and the Enterprise Development Center of the Pan Atlantic University, aims to promote sustainable food systems by increasing youth engagement in the agricultural sector.
Since its launch in 2021, the Golden Morn Agripreneurship Programme has provided training, financial assistance, mentorship, and networking opportunities to over 2,000 young people involved in, or aspiring to venture into agriculture.
In his remarks at the event, Wassim Elhusseini, MD & CEO of Nestlé Nigeria, stressed the importance of youth involvement in agriculture in building sustainable food systems.
He said,”To establish sustainable food systems, we must ensure youth participation in agriculture.Nestlé is therefore dedicated to helping young people develop the capabilities and
skills they need to drive innovation in agriculture.”
In a statement, Obianuju Okafor, project and finance manager of the Enterprise Development Center, highlighted the importance of the partnership with Golden Morn in providing essential skills and knowledge to young agripreneurs.
“This collaboration underscores a shared commitment to empower and enhance the offerings of aspiring agripreneurs, contributing to the growth and sustainability of the agricultural sector,”he added.
Expressing his delight on behalf of all the beneficiaries of Golden Morn Agripreneurship Webinar Series and the grant recipients, Chukwudi Imhokha, CEO Azimhoc Ventures, Delta State said the journey with Nestlé’s Golden Morn has been a great learning opportunity.
Imhokha praised the practicality and value of the business model and circularity training, while expressing his gratitude to Golden Morn and Nestlé for their investment in young people.
Rakiya Sadiq, CEO of Zulru Integrated Farms, also expressed her gratitude for the support and training received from Golden Morn. Sadiq confessed that she was at a point of giving up on her business, but the Agripreneurship Programme gave her the confidence and knowledge needed to continue.
With the presentation of the seed funds, the twenty-five beneficiaries of the Golden Morn Agripreneurship Webinar Series are now poised to take their businesses to the next level. The programme has provided them with the knowledge and skills they need to grow their businesses and contribute to the agricultural sector in Nigeria.