The Young Africa Works Summit took place in Cape Town South Africa on October 29-30th 2015. I had the privilege to represent The MasterCard Foundation Youth Think Tank Team of 2015/16.
The Young Africa Works Summit opened doors for youth who are involved in the agricultural sector, be it research, farming, processing, marketing and other occupations along the food value chain. Leticia’s story of starting rabbit farming at the age of 14 has the potential to influence policy and partnerships that can ensure that youth under the age of 18 have access to land and loans for investment in agriculture.
“Progress does not look the same everywhere. In Africa, challenges are challenges, but there are also opportunities to innovate.”
Nigerian-American author and journalist, Dayo Olopade opened day two of the Young Africa Works Summit with a reminder – the solutions to problems like unemployment are not always linear, and a strong preference for formality – or ‘formality bias’ – may lead us to overlook the resilience of the informal sector.
At The MasterCard Foundation’s inaugural Young Africa Works Summit, CNBC Africa’s Thomas Maree interviewed delegates on how we can prepare youth for employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in agriculture. Topics included agriculture in Africa and its growth prospects, finance models and the role of technology.
Reeta Roy, President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation, on the growth prospects for African agriculture.
Almost 50 youth delegates from across the African continent are participated at the Young Africa Works Summit in Cape Town, South Africa. Watch the video below to hear some of their perspectives on the second and final day of the Summit.