Africa’s lack of agricultural youth adds on to other sustainability challenges such as climate change, rural poverty and food insecurity. However, being the youngest continent, Africa could potentially turn this challenge into opportunities and rejuvenate its agricultural sector.
The African work force is growing and is estimated to be around one billion people by 2040. At the same time, there is a growing demand for varied and nutritious food. This makes it necessary to build a successful agribusiness that will not only provide food for Africa, but also jobs and wealth for young African entrepreneurs.
Digital technology is likely to continue to be a major driver of development and industry in Africa. The capabilities of local entrepreneurs, start-ups and businesses to provide services such as technical assistance and finance are growing significantly due to greater access to mobile and internet technology.
Young agriprenuers in Nigeria are seeking cooperation with students in Agricultural and Rural Management at SLU.
Presented by Julius Ecuru at the workshop "Moving Africa Towards a Knowledge based Bio-economy: How can Sweden assist?" organised by the SIANI Bio-economy Expert Group on 3 December 2014.
Presented by Dr. Jane Morris at the workshop "Moving Africa Towards a Knowledge based Bio-economy: How can Sweden assist?" organised by the SIANI Bio-economy Expert Group on 3 December 2014.