Training Opportunity: Certificate in Agri-Entrepreneurship

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  • Lilongwe
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Natural Resources College

Natural Resources College, was integrated into LUANAR as a University Campus in December 2014 and reports to LUANAR Management and Council while retaining its mandate and autonomy to develop and grow. Its mandate is to train Extension Officers and other frontline staff in the agricultural sector, both public and other non-state actors. It has since broadened its spectrum of programs to embrace agricultural, environment, and natural resources management.

The Agricultural Infrastructure and Youth in Agribusiness Project (AIYAP) is a fiveyear project that aims to use irrigation infrastructure as an enabler and facilitator to address the twin problems of food insecurity and high rate of youth unemployment within the context of 2011-2016 Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS). AIYAP will develop two large scale irrigation schemes at Linga (Nkhata-Bay) and Dwambazi (Nkhota-kota) covering a total of 1,945 hectares, targeting 10,000 beneficiaries with special focus on the youth (about 50%).

AIYAP will also promote youth ownership of agribusiness, access to funding/credit through seed funds, loan facilities and risk sharing from Micro Finance Institutions, agro-processing, engaging in value addition, modern methods of crop diversification and market linkages.

AIYAP has Four main components namely: (a) Irrigation Infrastructure & Watershed Management; (b) Value Addition and Youth Entrepreneurship in Agriculture; (c) Agra-Cooperative Development for Employability; and (d) Project Management and Institutional Strengthening.

Under the Value Addition and Youth Entrepreneurship component, the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Natural Resources College Campus) will implement the Enable Youth sub-component through the training ofup to 500 young agripreneurs from the project catchment area.

The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources-NRC Campus in conjunction with The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development with funding from the African Development Bank (ADB) under the Agriculture Infrastructure and Youth in Agribusiness Project (AIYAP), is inviting applications from qualified youths for a 2 months Certificate training opportunity in Agri-entrepreneurship at LUANAR NRC Campus.

This is an intense and specialized residential training in Agri-entrepreneurship which has an additional one month students attached to commercial farms in order to gain hands on experience in farming as a business and value chain development. The students will be required to develop a viable business plan either as individuals or in groups as part of graduation requirement to assist them in applying for funding from relevant financial institutions.

Successful students will be issued with a Certificate of Attendance and a letter of recommendation to the financial institutions for funding. The Agri-preneurs will be expected to implement their knowledge and skills by starting agricultural businesses in the project implementation areas (Nkhata-bay and Nkhota-kota).

FEE STRUCTURE

Successful applicants will be given a full scholarship from AIYAP project.

ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS

• Malawi School Certificate of Education with Credit pass in Mathematics, English.
• Less than 35 years old
• Candidate must come from the project catchment area of Nkhotakota (TA. Kafuzira); and Nkhatabay-Bay (T.A Fukamapili and T.A Malengamzoma).
• Must be willing to set up agricultural enterprises after graduating in the project catchment area.

HOW TO APPLY

• Qualifying candidates must fill prescribed LUANAR application forms for Certificate in Agri-Entrepreneurship and a questionnaire (each form has a serial number thus one candidate per form. The forms are not to be photocopied)
• Candidates must attach a photocopy of their National ID or an acceptable identity cards and copies of their MSCE or Notification of Results
• Qualifying candidates will go through an aptitude test to determine their passion to become an agripreneurs conducted by LUANAR-NRC Campus
• Candidates must submit a reference from their respective Village Headman to confirm if candidates come from and reside in the project areas
• The forms can be collected from LUANAR-NRC Campus, DEMOS office, AIYAP projects office in Chintheche and Distict Councils
• Dully filled application should be submitted in person to AIYAP offices in Chintheche. AIYAP will forward the forms to LUANAR -NRC.

Women and other disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply.

For further details, please contact: The Campus Registrar LUANAR — NRC Campus P. O. Box 143 LILONGWE

Telephone: 0992 976 081/082

Email: nrcadmissions@luanar.ac.mw