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

The program is a virtual program 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 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

Aim and Benefits of BATNF Farmers for the Future Grant

Through the support of the British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation, the program 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-program support.

  • The top 6 finalists will win an equity-free grant of NGN 10 million (?3m for the first Prize, ? 2m for 2nd Prize, and ? 1m for 3rd Prize)
  • Linkage to financial institutions and investors for follow-on financing and/or credit facilities
  • Winners will get technical support to establish their agribusiness
  • Participation in an intensive “Think-through-your-business” boot camp
  • Mentorship under seasoned entrepreneurs and Agric Experts
  • Membership of the F4F alumni network
  • Participation in other partner-drive training programs
  • Support with business registration & other legal & regulatory requirements

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to FARMERS FOR THE FUTURE GRANT to apply

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 program.

For more details, visit FARMERS FOR THE FUTURE GRANT