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Friday, October 2, 2015

AGRA set to release Africa Agricultural Status Report

The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is set to release its annual Africa Agricultural Status Report, to provide a framework on how the sector could becomelucrative option for Africa’s young entrepreneurs, NaijaAgroNet reports.

AGRA will be maximizing the opportunity offered by the presence of more than 500 leaders from over 40 countries that are attending the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which opened Wednesday in Lusaka, Zambia, to make the report public.

The President, AGRA, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, said, “The African Union in 2014 pointed to the potential for agriculture-related jobs to employ at least 30 per cent of African youth. Yet many young Africans are pessimistic about agriculture, because they see too many farmers and agriculture businesses struggling to survive.”

Also expected at the AGRF 2015, NaijaAgroNet gathered, are high-level government officials, leaders of pan-African development organizations, representatives of youth and women’s organizations, academic experts, investors and agriculture business innovators.

According to Vanguard, the Conveners of  this year’s AGRF with the theme “Walking the Talk on Youth and Women: Bringing Inclusive Agricultural Markets to Life” said the rapid rise of urban food markets across sub-Saharan Africa represents an unparalleled opportunity to drive development of African agriculture, and ultimately to engage millions of youth who enter the continent’s labour market each year.

The Secretary General, Common Market of East and Southern Africa, Sindiso Ngwenya, said, “The AGRF can generate huge momentum for policies and programs that support Africa’s famers and African-owned agriculture businesses to capture a bigger stake in the agricultural sector and rising urban markets.”

“Rather than meeting this demand through food imports, Africans need to grow, process, package and market the food consumed in our rapidly growing cities and towns,” Ngwenya stated.

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