Who we are.
The Business Support Academy will prepare and train members to lead in their competitive, global agricultural industry, giving members an advantage in understanding its unique challenges and practices. BSA innovative and wide-reaching concentrations in global agribusiness and food industry management bring members to the forefront of one of the largest and most important sectors of the global economy.
Agribusiness is yearning to be the largest export industry in Nigeria’s economy, one that continues to expand in areas like alternative-oil creation, bio-and Nano-technologies, social marketing, and the emerging markets of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The Agribusiness Center is projected to be 5000 hectares farmland to be grown to Aflasafe maize, cottage industries, silos for storage and market information/trading center.
BSA is participatory and responsive in its approach. It works at the community level, with members organized into cooperative groups. BSA assists community groups and draw up action plans for intervention. Each cooperative group chooses its own leaders, including chairman, secretary and treasurer, and it is responsible for implementing BSA-assisted projects. BSA field staff manages the groups. Each group/cooperative meets at least once in a month during the Project Implementation. However, during critical farming period, Committee meeting comes up more regularly. Where decisions taken at the community level are translated to projects and policies at the organizational level.
Membership in BSA is open to individuals and groups who believe in the organization’s vision, goal and objectives and are willing to work together for their own personal self-development.
To benefit from the services of BSA, the following must obtain:
Advisory Board, B. A Management team and C. The groups.
BSA has a five member Board whose members are drawn from different sectors of the economy. The Board is a decision making and technical support body that meets once or twice annually(as the needs might be), to review the general activities of the organization and provide both technical and advisory support for the smooth running of the organization.
BSA aims for self-reliance of local communities through empowerment and all-gender inclusive projects that are developed and implemented by the communities themselves. Agri-business, entrepreneurship and food security are main themes of the organization.
To relieve hunger and poverty, to educate people about the causes and effects of poverty, and help them find ways to help themselves’’.We believe that through mobilization, sensitization, training, political and economic empowerment there will be food security and improved wellbeing in Benue state and Nigeria at large.
BSA’s goal is “the sustainable development in the quality of life of Nigeria populace. We are currently grooming and re-grooming investors in farming activities, but our long term goal shall be achieved through training of trainers activities using community – based facilitators, providing basic technical, literacy and problem solving skill through the use of participatory approaches at micro level for community project intervention”.
We believe that through mobilization, sensitization, training, advocacy to political and economic empowerment where there will be food security and improved wellbeing in Benue state and in Nigeria as a whole.
A Centre for providing quality delivery services / capacity building of various stakeholders including giving a voice to community based groups and strengthening participatory learning processes to secure improved livelihoods of deprived communities/populace
BSA objectives are to:Reach out to citizens and communities to provide a forum for them to express themselves and shall encourage them to form cooperative/commodity groups to ensure adequate access to agricultural facilities, including credit and insurance facilities.