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Impact of Agribusiness Training Programmes on Youth Empowermentin Nigeria: The case of Fadama GUYS Programme
Within the framework of potential strategies to reduce the high dependency of young people on white-collar jobs as well as increase employment opportunities in the non-formal sector, agripreneurship is increasingly recognised as an important and valuable strategy which could help create sustainable employment as well as improve the livelihood of young people. Based on this, stakeholders have come to support agripreneurship in recent times by organizing agribusiness training programmes which specifically targets this category of the population. Despite the numerous training interventions, there is a dearth of empirical evidence on what worked or what did not. Using the case of Fadama Graduate Unemployed Youth and Women Support (GUYS) programme, this study investigated the impact of agribusiness training programmes on youth empowerment in Nigeria. A total of 977 respondents comprising of 455 participants and 522 non-participants were sampled across three states in Nigeria. Data were analysed using Propensity Score Matching (PSM) method. Model results show that after controlling for all confounding factors, participation in the programme led to about 11 percent increase in youth empowerment index score implying a positive change in the economic status and livelihoods of the youths who participated in the programme. On this note, this study suggests that programmes such as the Fadama GUYS programme (FGP) should be encouraged and invested in as it can inspire youths to engage in agribusiness thereby, reducing the rate of unemployment as well as contributing to youth empowerment.