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November 21st, 2019 / CTA, Netherlands

Michael Hailu, Director of CTA, writes:

They say that the future belongs to the young. In Africa, the future of the continent’s agriculture almost certainly belongs to its youth. More than 60% of Africans are under 25, and every year, 10-12 million young people enter the job market in search of employment. Vast numbers work in farming in rural areas – agriculture employs almost 70% of the population – but the prospect of higher wages and a more secure livelihood is driving urban migration for many others.

This trend, if it is not slowed or even reversed, could have far-reaching consequences for Africa’s food and nutrition security.

Digital technologies, along with the right policies and investments, have the power to change this. There has been significant growth in digitalisation for agriculture (D4Ag) over the last ten years, although in Africa it has been slow to serve the smallholders that produce some 80% of agricultural output. Read more …