Kola Masha, Managing Director, Babban Gona
Having assisted over 110,000 smallholder farmers, cumulatively cultivating over 225,000 acres of maize through its agricultural franchise model, Babban Gona, a large agro producing entity, has reaffirmed its commitment to reducing the alarming trend of unemployment amongst youths in Nigeria.
Babban Gona’s model addresses the rising youth unemployment in West Africa, which has led to civil unrests that destabilizes regional economies and threatens to accelerate a migration problem that would dwarf the current refugee crisis.
Babban Gona leverages a unique technology platform to make farming more profitable to create millions of youth jobs, interrupting the root causes of poverty, stimulating strong economic growth, and alleviating the migration of the unemployed.
“One of the root causes of insecurity in Nigeria is the high rate of youth unemployment, especially in the rural areas,” Kola Masha, managing director, Babban Gona, said in a statement.
“We believe that the best way to disrupt this cycle of poverty and democratize wealth is to create equal opportunities for fulfilling work, particularly in the agricultural sector, for the demography who are at risk of being led astray,” Masha said.
“It is often believed that youths do not like farming, but this is not the case. What the youths see is that farming provides a low return on efforts, but Babban Gona has been able to demonstrate that farming is very lucrative and can improve their livelihoods,” he added.