Back to the future: Africa's agriculture offers perspectives to its youth

Rural scene in Niger. Photo by Milo Mitchell, IFPRI.

April 16, 2018. 

International and German experts on Africa and development will meet at ZEF in Bonn April 23-26, 2018, to talk about the crucial role of and measures for Africa's agricultural development. Occasion is the Board of Trustees meeting of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the largest international agricultural research institute in tropical Africa.

On Thursday afternoon, April 26, 2018 IITA organizes an information and discussion event on "African agricultural transformation: the IITA Agripreneur Approach to Job Creation" with German experts on Africa and development.

You can attend the event per invitation only,
but we will livestream the discussion
on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
via the following link: https://youtu.be/x12rlJQyzDU

Background information:

The development of African agriculture plays a decisive role in creating concrete prospects for Africa’s people, as it is a major source of livelihood for the majority of the population in almost all African countries. Moreover, as a supplier of healthy, locally grown food, agriculture contributes significantly to the reduction of hunger and malnutrition. But it can also become a real “job engine” if combined with technological development and innovation. This idea is not new, but it is currently receiving a new, up-to-date momentum in the political debate in Germany on how to tackle the causes of flight and migration out of Africa. After all, agriculture offers in particular young people a perspective for developing their careers.

 

Promising steps in this direction have been taken already. One success story and showcase is the work of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), based in Nigeria. Since its inception 50 years ago, the institute has trained and educated more than 140,000 people in Africa in and for the agricultural sector. Since 2012, the training program "IITA Youth Agripreneur" has been helping more than 2,000 young Africans become successful (agricultural) entrepreneurs.

 

 

 

 

Please find more information on the speakers and program in the downloadable flyer below.