Training (one-year and short course)

LFN has been training youths and farmers (both men and women) in Nigeria and Ghana since 1988 and currently runs six schools in 6 different states in Nigeria and four centres in Ghana. This is achieved through yearly recruitment of youths to participate in training on modern and sustainable agriculture in crop production and agroforestry, livestock production, enterprise development and farm mechanisation. The schools have capacities to admit 100 to 150 trainees (male and female except Panda School that currently admits only male trainees) per year. LFN has trained more than 27,000 youths under the one-year regular training from 1988 to date. All trainees receive board and lodging, school and work uniforms free of charge including monthly stipends.

The training is 80% practical and 20% theory.

Admission Requirement
To participate in the one-year regular training, the applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be physically fit
  • Ability to read and write in English (evidence of minimum of junior secondary school certificate may be required)
  • Age between 18 to 40 years.
  • Pass both written and oral entrance examination.

– Micro credit scheme

LFNs support program to ex-trainees involves microloans and extension services. Based on bankable business plan developed by the graduates and assessed by the foundations agribusiness and finance experts, soft loans are provided to our ex-trainees to embark on enterprise of interest or expand an existing enterprise.

  • More than 1000 graduates of LFN Agricultural Schools have received micro credit support.
  • More than N100m disbursed from 2002 to date

– Technical Backstopping

The foundation provides technical backstopping through:

  • Short courses to address farm problems and acquaint them with new and relevant information and technology.
  • Provision of improved seeds.
  • Linkage to input source.
  • Linkage to market.
  • Farmers Field Days
  • Technical Advisory Panel Meeting held three times in a year which provide technical supports for each school

 

  1. Scholarships and Assistance Programs, including health support.

Leventis Foundation supports Nigerian nationals through various scholarship programmes like Alba Graduate Business School, Greece and the Undergraduate program on Sustainable Agriculture at Earth University, Costa Rica.

  1. Environment and Conservation
  • A core part of our programmes is to train and support farmers to adopt improved, environment-friendly farming practices. To achieve this, we promote integrated management practices with a view to reducing the impact of agriculture on the environment, reduce waste of resources and improve the efficiency of farming. We promote climate smart practices such as minimum tillage and efficient use of water and inputs.
  • We engage in treeplanting campaigns while also exposing our trainees to wildlife friendly farming practices and experiences that encourages care for the environment such as bird watching.