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March 21st, 2018 / Aid and International Aid Forum

Agriculture has a significant role in Africa as it employs 65% of the work force and contributes 32% of GDP, according to the World Bank.

Similarly, approximately 70% of Africa’s population depend directly on agriculture for their livelihood.

However, the African agricultural industry is currently facing a number of problems with low productivity. This has been compounded by climate change, a lack of technical expertise and the migration of young people away from rural areas and into cities.

Africa is currently experiencing a rapid growth in population, with estimates suggesting by 2050 the population for Africa will reach 2.2 billion. The ability of African farmers to increase productivity is critical in order to provide food and economic growth to support its growing population.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) predicts that the agricultural market in Sub-Saharan Africa alone will grow from $200 billion in 2015 to $1 trillion by 2030. This equates to a fivefold growth. Read more