Agriculture accounts for approximately 23 per cent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP. Smallholder farmers account for more than 60 per cent of the region’s population. Yet, Africa’s full agricultural potential remains untapped due to several factors ranging from a lack of investment to low tech adoption and poor youth participation.
With nearly 80 per cent of Africans under the age of 35, Africa has the youngest population in the world and its youth population will more than double by 2055. Agriculture could offer several opportunities, but the rate of youth participation in the sector is poor.
Adesuwa Ifedi, Senior Vice President for Heifer Programs in Africa, sees many ways to make the sector more appealing for young Africans, including through support for digital agriculture technologies that could generate a wide range of new job opportunities and higher incomes for smallholder farmers.
Ifedi has worked in the development space in Africa for nearly two decades, having joined with a financial and private sector background. She is passionate about engaging youths to think differently and reinvent agriculture in Africa—and committed to providing funding to do so.
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