The Foundation has supported charitable work in Nigeria since its inception, originally with a focus on technical education. The ‘Nigeria Advisory Panel’ of the A. G. Leventis Foundation was inaugurated in 1979.
In 1988 the ‘Leventis Foundation Nigeria’ was formally established to take over and expand the work of this body. In support of the Federal Government's new Educational Programme with its emphasis on self-sufficiency in food production, the Foundation took a major policy decision in 1986, by choosing as its main goal the training of young farmers in modern agricultural methods.
To date, five schools have been established in Nigeria and two in Ghana specialising in innovative ways of training small farmers to improve productivity, efficiency and environmental sensitivity, taking advantage of the latest research at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and elsewhere. The trainees spend a year at the schools and then, returning to their farms and communities, are advised and supported by the schools' extension programmes. By their example, they transfer their skills to other farmers in their area, whilst the schools also organise shorter training courses and farmers' days for the surrounding communities. The Foundation is also a prime mover in the preservation of natural resources in co-operation with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation.
Between 1981 and 1987, the Foundation donated equipment, workshop tools and teaching aids to ten technical colleges in order to help promote the vocational training of Nigerian youths.
There has also been support for other aspects of education and environmental, medical and cultural causes, in particular collaboration with other NGO such as the Carter Foundation and Sight Savers alleviating widespread disease.