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October 23rd, 2017 / The News, Nigeria

The President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, said that Africa needef to modernise and industrialise agriculture to avoid spending 110 billion dollars by 2025 on food importation.

Adesina said this in his remark at the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue Symposium on making farming cool: Investing in future African farmers and agripripeneurs” on Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa in USA.

He said that this could be avoided if the youth were enabled to play a leading role in agriculture.

“Over the next 10 years, 120 million young Africans will be looking for work.

“Each year, only three million out of the 12 million who enter the labour market actually find jobs.

“What are these unemployed youths supposed to do?

“Unless we create employment opportunities for them or enable them to create employment for themselves and others. Read more