Our Work


Youths Off The Street Initiative (YOTSI), is dedicated to the following Core Areas of Focus, in its efforts of developing Nigeria to become a sustainable prosperous economy and a safe society, free from the injustice of human oppression and extreme poverty.

 

AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY:
(Rural Agricultural Entrepreneurship Scheme)

Agriculture has the potential to play a key role in helping to create jobs and generate employment for young people, women, men, families and communities. With Nigeria’s 84 million hectares of arable land, its citizens should have no threats of extreme poverty, high unemployment, hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity.

Instead, there should be enough jobs for citizens and also sufficient food for them to eat. Investment in agriculture is the best way to empower Nigerians to overcome extreme poverty, high unemployment, hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity. This is why it is our tradition at Youths Off The Street Initiative (YOTSI), to prioritize investments in agriculture and food production.

The poorest of Nigeria’s poor live in rural communities and their dominant occupation is farming. They focus on growing enough food to feed themselves and their families, as well as sell to generate income to re-invest in their farms and to also meet other basic needs for their families. It is only through these channels food commodities are distributed to urban markets for those living in towns and cities. The Nigerian "Food Market" survives on supplies from local farmers in rural communities. This signifies how important is the role of rural farmers in the project of Nigeria's food security.

But most farmers in Nigeria’s rural communities, are usually small-scale farmers and often lack the resources, training, or funds to increase their agricultural productivity. As small-scale rural farmers, they often lack the “start-up/seed capital” to buy basics such as seeds, fertilizers, chemicals, tools and other necessities. Also, because many of them live in remote regions, it is always difficult for them to access these supplies.

Moreover, because they lack access to adequate agricultural training, rural farmers would often not know how to optimize their agricultural output. For many farmers, converting harvests into profits creates an additional hurdle. Pest infestations, rotting crops, lack of storage facilities, and difficulties navigating local trade networks are some of the challenges that prevent rural farmers from getting the most from their harvests.

Moreover, because they lack access to adequate agricultural training, rural farmers would often not know how to optimize their agricultural output. For many farmers, converting harvests into profits creates an additional hurdle. Pest infestations, rotting crops, lack of storage facilities, and difficulties navigating local trade networks are some of the challenges that prevent rural farmers from getting the most from their harvests.

Many small farmers in rural communities, also face problems posed by environmental factors. In order to become more productive, rural farmers need to be trained, equipped and empowered to tackle challenges when they arise.

In response to these outlined needs of rural farmers, Rural Agricultural Entrepreneurship Scheme (RAE-SCHEME), was launched to provide a multi-stakeholderengagement platform for empowering young people, women and men in rural communities across Nigeria, to become successful rural agricultural entrepreneurs. Through this scheme, beneficiaries can obtain the support they need.

RAE-SCHEME, equips rural farmers in boosting their agricultural productivity with a view to maximizing their harvests, sales and income through agricultural training and other enterprise development support services. RAE-SCHEME, works with donors, sponsors and investors in assisting rural farmers with start-up/seed funding, growth capital and supplies of seeds, fertilizers, chemicals, tools and other necessities. This platform supports rural farmers with market facilitation while it also serves as a “Savings and Loans Scheme” for rural farmers.

OUR BJECTIVES:

  • To prioritize and promote investment in rural farming and food production (Rural-based Agricultural and Food Value Chain).
  • To give rural farmers access to the agricultural training required to enable them optimize their agricultural productivity (Maximize Agricultural Outputs).
  • To provide a platform forrural farmers to access funding opportunities and support from donors, sponsors and investors towards the self-efforts to create their own sustainable livelihoods and fight unemployment, extreme poverty, hunger and food insecurity.
  • To support rural farmers in growing enough food to feed themselves and their families, as well as sell to generate income to re-invest in their farms and to also meet other basic needs for their families.
  • To provide rural farmers with start-up/seed funding, micro-credit and supplies of seeds, fertilizers, chemicals, tools and other necessities while offering market facilitation and other enterprise development support services.
  • To provide rural farmers with a wide range of support required to maximize crop yields and farm profits.
  • To operative as an incentive programme designed to encourage and promote youth engagement in rural farming and to also support rural women, men, families and communities in making a life-fulfilling occupation out of rural farming.
  • To operate as a joint school of agricultural and food entrepreneurship development offering a platform for wealth creation (generation) to individuals, families, communities and investors.
  • To serve as a “Savings and Loans Scheme” for rural farmers while working in collaborative partnerships with local and foreign stakeholders in the implementation of our objectives.

Who We Serve:

  • Youths and Young Adults:
    Lacking the necessary incentives, it is established that young people are no longer interested in farming, which is by far the easiest means of getting themselves self-employed and living above extreme poverty. Nowadays, young people who possess the strengths to undertake farming, are rapidly migrating from rural villages to urban communities (Towns and Cities), in search of job opportunities that never exist.

    That means, the role of young people in Nigeria's food security agenda is already a missing factor. Today, food prices are high in Nigeria and one of the key causes is the unwillingness of young people to engage in rural farming. Apart from these known facts, the lack of interest by young people in the enterprise of rural farming, is also one of the basic factors responsible for the country's high youth unemployment.Rural Agricultural Entrepreneurship Scheme (RAE-SCHEME), works to encourage and support young people in creating for themselves, a life-fulfilling career in rural farming as entrepreneurs.

    This we achieve by offering incentives that encourage and support young people to start up their own rural farms. By such measures, youths and young adults soon find themselves being compelled to stay back in the rural communities and engage themselves in farming as their full occupation. Through these opportunities, young people are empowered to create jobs for themselves and generate sustainable income to meet their own basic needs, support their families and other dependants.

  • Rural Women Farmers:
    Rural women farmers are the backbone of Nigeria's food industry, they are the most consistent and the most reliable actors in the country's programme of agriculture and food security. They are also the most essential stakeholders in Nigeria's agri-food value chains. As key actors in the food sector, as small-scale farmers and those in charge of ensuring adequate food and nutrition for their families, rural women are faced with many limitations and challenges. Yet, their voices are silent and their choices restrained.

    In Nigeria, rural women farmers control less land than men, only less than 20 percent of landholders are women. Also, rural women farmers are mostly poor and have limited access to start-up/seed funding, seeds, credits, tools, and other basic resources. In different communities across Nigeria, polygamy is a common phenomenon. But in most rural families, especially where polygamy is practiced, the women are mostly the ones mandated by their husbands to take care of their children.

    Rural women are exponentially more vulnerable and marginalized. As a result, they find it extremely difficult to overcome their limitations. When empowered, rural women are key agents of development. They are wise in spending their own income in building their families, they spend on their children's welfare, healthcare, education and nutrition while also running the affairs of the home. Rural Agricultural Entrepreneurship Scheme (RAE-SCHEME), works with rural women farmers in overcoming their limitations by giving them a platform to access land, agricultural training, finance (start-up/seed financing), micro-credit, seeds, fertilizers, tools, other incentives and vital support. We connect rural women farmers to donors, sponsors, investors and markets.

  • Rural Men Farmers:
    Because the principal occupation of most rural dwellers is farming, men are actively involved in rural farming as their own sole means of livelihood. For the love of their families and the responsibilities of manhood, lots of men work hard as local farmers in their efforts to meet up with the expectations of their families.

    Men in rural communities would do better in their farming occupation as agricultural entrepreneurs, if only they can be provided with the incentives they need. Rural Agricultural Entrepreneurship Scheme (RAE-SCHEME), works with rural men farmers to become efficient and productive by providing them with the agricultural training, incentives and other relevant support required.

  • Families:
    In towns and cities, many families run businesses that are jointly owned and operated by members of the same family (We call them family-owned businesses). We apply the same model in encouraging rural families to operate farms as family-owned businesses, where parents and their children would jointly own and run the farms by employing themselves as workers.

    This will help the family to generate their own employment, grow enough food for themselves and also make sufficient income to give themselves a good life and eradicate extreme poverty.

  • Communities:
    This is just one step above the model for running family-owned farms. In this model, communities are supported to run farms owned by its dwellers and external investors in the form of cooperative investment (cooperative entrepreneurship). Under this arrangement, communities would provide land in acres and hectares for agricultural development, this projects are usually designed to run as community-owned farming ventures.

    RAE-SCHEME), assists communities in connecting donors, sponsors and investors to fund their community-owned farms, in the drive to create jobs for their inhabitants, grow their own foods, lift themselves out of extreme poverty and become the agents of their own development.

    The advantage is that, this model of cooperative agricultural entrepreneurship allows farming on a large scale, thereby making it not only highly lucrative but also very attractive to potential investors.

 

HUNGER AND NUTRITION:
(Hunger No More)

In Nigeria today, millions of children cry to bed hungry each night while older family members starve to bed. That means, many children across Nigeria, their older siblings, parents, guardians and other members of family are deficient of the nutrients and vitamins essential for proper development and health. The basic reason for this is not far-fetched, it is because the prices of food commodities are very high and have risen above what the ordinary Nigerians can afford with ease.

As a result, most individuals and families find it of a huge struggle to afford food for themselves. Hence, many families in Nigeria today, skip meals on daily basis. This is risky to the overall well-being of the nation. Why should Nigeria have the threats of food shortage, hunger and malnutrition when the country is endowed with 84 million hectares of arable land and a population of over 100 million young people, who can be employed in agriculture to produce enough food for everyone?

“Hunger No More” is a pragmatic anti-hunger campaign aimed at educating Nigerians on the need to “grow and produce what they consume”, by supporting individuals and families to engage in subsistence farming and food processing. Through collaborative operation with “Rural Agricultural Entrepreneurship Scheme (RAE-SCHEME)”, Hunger No More undertakes the enterprise of food processing, packaging, sales and distribution, in the humanitarian efforts to produce quality food commodities for Nigerians at lowest prices. Hunger No More, also operate jointly with RAE-SCHEME to equip couples and families with the agricultural training required to set up subsistence family-owned farming projects.

Through Hunger No More, food commodities are subsidized and sold at lowest prices for the benefit of the ordinary Nigerians. Hunger No More, is an all-inclusive project that supports the manufacturing (processing), packaging, sales and distribution of quality foods for lowest costs.

 

ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT:

As part of our efforts to fight unemployment through entrepreneurship, Youths Off The Street Initiative (YOTSI), works with local and foreign partners, in providing skills training and enterprise development support services towards the goal of equipping young people and other active adults of all ages, in creating, growing and managing their own businesses as successful entrepreneurs, creators of Jobs and employers of labour.

Part of these efforts also include youth employability development. Many young Nigerians are unemployable though they have convincing educational qualifications (Certificates), unless they are re-trained to become employable, their challenge of lack of employment will often be complicated by the unfortunate reality of their lack of practical or employable skills.

 

EDUCATION:

It is a globally acknowledged fact that education is the greatest weapon to fight poverty and unemployment. But this is different in the case of Nigeria’s education, which is now a tool for nurturing half-baked graduates of the country’s tertiary institutions into a life of unproductivity, unemployment, economic deprivation and extreme poverty. Most graduates produced by most Nigeria’s tertiary institutions, are half-baked and unemployable despite their colourful Certificates (Academic Qualifications).

Yes, Nigeria’s education is in a deplorable state of almost total neglect by the government because of the lack of political will to do the right thing. The children of the country’s ruling elites (Including the two Ministers in charge of education), do their tertiary education overseas. Hence, it is no surprise that tertiary schools in Nigeria are abandoned by government. Apart from that, the ruling elites do not allow their children to attend Nigeria’s public basic and secondary schools.

Beyond the fact that millions of Nigerian children and young people are out of schools, but more to be worried about is the poor standard of education offered in Nigeria. Apart from some few selected private schools which give quality basic and secondary education, schools in Nigeria exist to defeat the purpose of education. To the ordinary Nigerian citizen, education is not a right.

There is therefore the need to step up the activism and fight for quality education in Nigeria. Most founders of private schools in Nigeria were not motivated by passion but by the interest to make money. Youths Off The Street Initiative (YOTSI), works with global stakeholders, in driving the positive activism and campaign for quality education in Nigeria.

 

TECHNOLOGY:

We encourage, finance, support and promote youth enterprise in all areas of technology

 

HEALTHCARE:

More Nigerians are killed, not exactly by infections, but by a comatose health care system. Nigeria’s health care system is sick; it needs to be cured. Right now, most of the government hospitals lack adequate facilities. Nigeria’s ruling elites travel overseas whenever they need a health screening or medical checkup.

What is the fate of the average Nigerian, who neither owns an international passport nor can afford the luxury of travelling out to get better treatment? How will a sickly system cure the sick? One of the biggest components of Nigeria’s budget is the allocation to the health sector but surprisingly our medical facilities are still not adequately equipped. We need all Nigerians to have access to quality healthcare. On daily basis, Nigerians are dying of diseases and sicknesses that are curable. Now is the time to step up our demand for a quality health care system in Nigeria and for all Nigerians! Many of us have lost our relatives, friends and neighbours to sicknesses of which they could have been cured if they health care system was active. If we fail now to step up our action, then it means we are still willing to allow more Nigerians die because of lack of access to quality health care.

 

PEACE DEVELOPMENT:

We work to build peace by defending justice for every Nigerian. For a lasting peace to be achieved in Nigeria, there must first be justice in place. We work to provide free legal services for those arrested unjustly by the Nigerian Police or other security and law enforcement agencies. We work to secure the release of anyone unjustly detained in various police cells and prisons across the Nigeria, who also have been denied justice and right to fair hearing. Surprisingly, these are some of the “injustice” many Nigerians suffer on regularly basis.

We work with various activists and civil society organizations to fight the abuse of office by public officials. We fight injustice in all its forms, in the efforts to build a just society and one that is peaceful and safe for everyone. We champion a cause to eliminate injustice and human oppression by becoming a voice for the voiceless and defenders of the vulnerable. We use peace as a tool to promote justice and also use justice as a means of building peace.

Working Hours :

Monday-Friday:8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday: Training Sections

...creating jobs and generating employment

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