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New technologies could attract the youth to the agricultural sector

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Adopting new technologies key to Africa’s food security

“The biggest challenge to the adoption of these technologies is the perception by farmers that they are very expensive and technically complicated.” – Richard Munang, United Nations Environment Programme

by 

Gilbert Nakweya

Speed read

  • Africa has 65 per cent of arable land worldwide but its youth remain unemployed
  • A meeting says technologies could attract the youth to the agricultural sector
  • An expert calls for platforms to share innovative solutions for business growth

Increased adoption of new agricultural technologies and innovations sensitive to climate change will help Sub-Saharan Africa eradicate food insecurity, experts say.

Researchers, scientists, policymakers and farmers who attended the 3rd Annual African Food Security and Agri-Extension Conference in Kenya last month (22-23 September) heard that the slow adoption of new agricultural technologies across Africa threatens to accelerate food insecurity on the continent.

“The agricultural sector is the most effective in reducing poverty and fostering food security in Africa,” said Richard Munang, the coordinator, Africa Regional Climate Change Programme of the United NationsEnvironment Programme (UNEP).

Munang noted that over 60 per cent of the African youth are unemployed yet the continent holds 65 per cent of the world’s arable land, and thus the agricultural sector could employ young people.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.