Helping Youth Agribusiness Keep Pace with Fast Growing Africa

By Nteranya Sanginga, Aline Mugisho and Seyi MakindeIBADAN, Nigeria, Apr 8 2021 (IPS) From small towns to big cities, sub-Saharan Africa has the fastest urban growth rate in the world. The continent’s population is expected to double by 2050 with the youth representing 60% of the overall population. The UN Department of Global Communication, for example, projects that for the next 15 years urban growth is set to double for several African cities: Dar es Salaam will reach over 13 million inhabitants and Kampala will exceed seven million. Nteranya SangingaAlongside this explosion in urban areas, rural population growth remains strong too. The FAO’s Rural Africa in Motion Atlas sees sub-Saharan Africa’s rural numbers increasing by 63 percent by 2050 and the region remaining the only one in the world where the rural population will continue to grow after 2050. Rural exodus in African cities is often linked to a search for greener pastures—which creates challenges such as high unemployment rates, low income, food insecurity, and persistent poverty. There is therefore a need to respond to the needs of the growing population in a sustainable manner. Tackling unemployment is thus a crucial step towards addressing these needs—especially in the current COVID-1 context. Engaging the youth in agribusiness The youth, despite representing the majority of the population, still feel marginalized from the economic mainstream. Their expectations are suffocated b...
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