The Farmers for the Future (F4F) Grant is an Agricultural Entrepreneurship grant designed to support young people with viable agri-Business with equity-free capital and other associated support they may require to scale their businesses.

The project is an initiative developed and sponsored by the British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) in partnership with NYSC and implemented by FATE Foundation. It is targeted at currently serving National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members – as part of BATNF’s drive to encourage and support the youth in sustainable agriculture.

Curriculum Overview of the Farmers for the Future (F4F) Grant

The programme is a virtual programme focused on capacity building on essential knowledge, strategies, skills, and tools to build sustainable businesses within the Agribusiness value chain.

These sessions will be facilitated by various industry leaders and professionals across the Agribusiness and entrepreneurship ecosystem using a pedagogy approach to build networks amongst the entrepreneurs and encourage group/team work for better learning. The robust learning structure is a combination of virtual interactive class sessions, workshops, case studies, plenary sessions and group activities.

The Farmers for the Future (F4F) curriculum has been designed to provide insight and relevant knowledge to aspiring and budding entrepreneurs within the Agribusiness value chain to see diverse market potentials and understand how to create a structured business model to strategically grow their business.

The Curriculum is intensive and includes:

  • Entrepreneurship Mindset
  • Design thinking/innovation/problem solving
  • Developing Business Plan
  • Business Model Canvass
  • Product Development Strategy
  • Marketing/Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Managing Business Operations
  • Financial Literacy
  • Business pitch skills

Application Process for the Farmers for the Future (F4F) Grant

Stage I: Interested applicants must complete the application form here and upload the following document:

  • NYSC ID Card

Stage II: Following a review of all received applications, 50 candidates will be shortlisted for a 10-20 minutes phone/video interview, after which 20 applicants will be shortlisted for the programme.

Through the support of the British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation, the programme is FREE to all entrepreneurs who successfully scale through the two application stages. This scholarship support from the British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation covers all direct course fees, including course materials, data support and post-programme support.

This is a virtual training and it is expected that each entrepreneur enrolled for the programme must be Corp members in the Agribusiness space with less than 3 months to conclude their service year. This will also be verified during the shortlisting/selection process.

Farmers for the Future (F4F) Grant Post Programme Benefits

  • Business Advisory Support from FATE Foundation
  • Group mentoring from FATE Foundation
  • Access to Free Business Support Tools & Application
  • Funding and Market Linkages
  • Grant

Benefits of the Programme

10 Million in Cash and business support. Top six (6) finalist will win an equity-free grant of NGN 10 million.

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Apply here on or before August 30, 2023.