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Africa’s agriculture needs young blood, says report

October 5th, 2015 / BBC

A report produced by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and presented last week at the African Green Revolution Forum in Zambia called for modernising land-tenure systems, access to finance, and the image of farming as an industry in order to encourage Africa’s young people to enter …

Ten apps to boost African agriculture

September 3rd, 2015 / Venturesafrica.com

Analysts have shown that by 2025 half of Africa’s population will have internet access with about 360 million smartphones on the continent. Also based on their estimation, internet technology could increase annual agricultural productivity in Africa by $3 billion per annum. Throughout the continent, farmers, NGOs and scientists are …

Southern African countries urged to unleash agriculture potential

August 28th, 2015 / This Day Live, Nigeria

The Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr. Nteranya Sanginga, has called on Southern African countries to tap into the youth population in the region to address food insecurity and end unemployment. Addressing policymakers and youths in the region at a conference organised by Centre for …

Sparks of prosperity

August 4th, 2015 / Can we feed the world

Africa’s youth hold the key to unlocking the continent’s success. With almost 200 million people aged between 15 and 24, Africa has the youngest population in the world and with estimates suggesting that Africa’s labour force will be 1 billion strong by 2040, it will be largest and youngest worldwide. …

Ready onion market brings tears of joy

July 27th, 2015 / Daily Nation, Kenya

Kamulu, a peri-urban settlement off Kangundo Road on the outskirts of Nairobi, is characterised by tall acacia trees and vast savannah grassland. River Athi, which snakes through the area, adds to its richness that members of Kamulu Youth Self-Empowerment Project (KYSEP) are cashing in on. The 11-member group, that has …

Yaya Toure: “Africa needs to invest in its youth, education and agriculture

July 3rd, 2015 / Nyasa Times, Malawi

Ivorean footballer Yaya Toure calls for African leaders to invest in youth, agriculture and education in order to alleviate hunger and eradicate poverty. “For [youth] to be the fuel for global progress they themselves need fuel: for their stomachs, and their minds.” Read …

Youth are agriculture’s future

June 20th, 2015 / Mail & Guardian, South Africa

The farming sector is growing and facing major changes that increasingly require more skilled labour. Recent data from Stats SA shows that the agricultural sector was the leading job creator in the first quarter of 2015, adding 150 000 jobs. This is a significant achievement, considering the challenges within the …

Helping youth to help farmers

May 28th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

The Ugandan government is distributing over 300million coffee seedlings in a period at a rate of 100 million annually. These are distributed freely to farmers in over the 82 coffee growing districts of the country. For the smooth running of the project, UCDA has identified about 1500 coffee seedling …