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August 23rd, 2018 / AllAfrica.com

Agribusiness is the way forward to attract the youth and to make agriculture profitable because one goes through all the value chain.

In 2014, African Heads of State committed to create job opportunities for 30 per cent of the continent’s youth through agriculture by 2025 under what is called the Malabo Declaration.

Yet, according to Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner for the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture at African Union (AU), the continent is still off the pace to achieve this this target.

Sacko, who was one of the delegates at the just-concluded conference on youth employment in agriculture in Kigali, urges African countries to shift to Agribusiness if they are to achieve this ambition.

With Africa’s population expected to double to over 830 million by 2050 if properly harnessed, Africa Development Bank (AfDB) says, this increase in the working age population could support increased productivity and inclusive economic growth across the continent. Read more