With less than 5% of farmers worldwide under 35, jobs in agriculture
are attracting fewer young people at a time when the world’s population
is rapidly growing. We’re helping to inspire, train and enable the next
generation of 'agripreneurs' – to give them the knowledge, skills and
entrepreneurial spirit they need to develop and manage productive farms
in the 21st century.
In 2012, we started the Nestlé Agripreneurship Programme, to help young
agripreneurs like Shaukat in Pakistan develop their skills through
'Farmer Connect'. Through this programme we source agricultural
materials directly from around 685,000 farmers.
Through our partnership with International Fertilizer Development
Cooperation (IFDC), we also aim to strengthen the resilience of
millet/sorghum farming systems in North Western Nigeria by empowering
smallholder farmers to further develop farming as a sustainable
We have reached over 56,000 small holder farmers (SHFs) so far
including 2,123 youth and 1,606 women.
One of our prime beneficiaries is Saadatu Sani who like 15,000 other
farmers, benefited from training on grain quality and quantity
improvement programs as well as business training programmes and
coaching to help her run farming as a business and grow her income.