The Youth Agricultural Initiative is a start-to-finish educational program for Ugandan youth with no formal education. Throughout the course of the program, students will learn basic farming skills, as well as, foundational business and marketing. The program is set up in such a way that students will spend time both in the field and in a classroom. The field experience will teach students traditional and modern techniques for agriculture, livestock rearing and other aspects of food production. The classroom portion of the program will teach basic business concepts, such as budgeting, marketing and value-addition.
These skills will also be exercised initially in the local market, with the intention of opening an on-site storefront, where profits will be used towards their tuition. The idea behind this methodology is to provide practical, hands-on experience in the market place – giving them confidence and experience for when they are operating a farm of their own.