YOUNG VEGETABLES SCIENTIST CLUB (YVSC) is a Microveg Project activity clubs organised in secondary schools and among youths who have developed passion to increase their income and nutritional values through vegetable production. Currently in Nigeria there are over 2110 enrolled in this club while about 1400 youths are enrolled in Benin Republic.
The objectives of organising this club are to
- Promote the interest of the students studying agriculture, by empowering them with
inputs and skills necessary
- Harvests secured during the activities belongs solely to the students and their school
and is expected to be disposed in the best way possible
- To boost production, postharvest and marketing of vegetables through young
students and show them how valuable they can become in the agricultural food
- To inspire them to take conscious efforts to seek careers in agriculture and be
positioned to tackle challenges of our national food security.
- To breed a generation of YOUNG Vegetable Scientists and create green champions
for the future.
Microveg Project has achieved the following for Young Vegetables Scientists Club (YVSC)
- Trainings were conducted for technicians and teachers in Nigeria and Benin. We
trained in Nigeria and Benin 73 and 24 agricultural science teachers, respectively, on
research proven techniques on vegetable production, harvesting and marketing
- In Bénin we established 5 Young Vegetable Scientists Clubs (YVSC) in secondary
schools with 1400 students as members while in Nigeria we established YVSC clubs in
27 schools with 2110 students as members.
- Supply of farming implements to support effective vegetable production at the level
of secondary school education
- Developed, printed and distributed “How-to-do manuals” for vegetable production
- Mainstreamed gender into the project and have already >35% women inclusion at
levels of students and teachers participating in the project.