Youth Driving Agricultural Transformation in the Cocoa Sector

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In Ghana, the cocoa sector is at a turning point where it needs revitalization and modernization to make it more competitive, resilient and robust. Cocoa production is Ghana’s largest agricultural activity, accounting for 8 percent of the country’s GDP and supporting approximately thirty percent of the population.

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The Story Behind the Photo

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For our 2017 Young Africa Works Summit, we chose a photo that captures the theme ‘youth driving agricultural transformation’.

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Young People at the Centre of Agricultural Transformation in Africa

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The notion that Africa’s economic growth hinges on the modernization of its agricultural sector is not a new one. Academics, economists and practitioners alike have been weighing in on the “green revolution” in Africa since the 1970s.

The need for agricultural transformation on the continent, however, has never been more pressing, with a rapidly growing population, an increasing severity of impacts from climate change and a surge of public and private interest and investment in the sector.

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