Scientists are now calling for a technological transformation in how Africans undertake agricultural production. With almost three quarters of the workforce on the continent focussed on agriculture, such a change could lead to rapid innovation.
Looking at Africa as a whole, it is the agricultural sector that will see a revolution with farmers creating the high productivity jobs and sustainable economic growth that wasn’t realized with mining mineral deposits and increased urbanization, according to the Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR) launched this year.
“The aggregate annual food import bill is about US$35 billion and is estimated to rise to US$110 billion by 2025,” reads the report. And this amount being spent on imported foodstuffs is despite over 70 percent of the workforce on the continent engaged in agriculture. Even more telling, much of what is imported could be grown on African soil. Read more