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October 9th, 2019

Some agribusinesses and agriculturalists argue that vocational training institutions are not efficiently producing skills needed for agriculture today, and that might be part of the reason why some young people are not finding work in this sector.

It has become fashionable in conferences to say “let’s make agriculture sexy in order to attract the youth”. I get where the sentiment comes from — after all, Africa’s farmers are ageing… the average age is 60. Here in South Africa, that figure is estimated at 62.

But I have two difficulties with supporting this statement. Read more …