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.
At the Young Africa Works Summit, we asked the experts to finish the sentence: “Agriculture in Africa is…”
Almost 50 youth delegates from across the African continent are participating at the Young Africa Works Summit in Cape Town, South Africa. Watch the video below to hear some of their perspectives on the first day of the Summit. You can also follow the youth conversation on Twitter at #YAW2015 and #youthvoice.
“I believe it is our responsibility as a young generation to make a difference in the agricultural sector,” said Laetitia Mukungu, Founder of the Africa Rabbit Centre.
Eric Kaduru, Co-founder and CEO of KadAfrica, discusses the opportunities for youth in agriculture and how agriculture is a business.
Sara Elder, Chief Technical Advisor, Youth Employment Programme of International Labour Organization, discusses youth employment trends in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Rita Kimani, Co-founder and CEO of FarmDrive, shares how technology can improve the lives of smallholder farmers in Africa.