HOW AFRICA CAN FEED THE WORLD BY 2050

Agriculture is the go-to sector for most economies crosswise over Africa and the world.

Food is the most imperative essential need of man. This is the reason the matter of growing them is a consistent one that won’t become dull at any point in the near future.

As Africa swings to Agriculture for long haul adequacy and sustenance, the world is additionally showing enthusiasm for Africa for food production. By the year 2050, universal spectators anticipate the capability of Africa turning into the food bedrock of the world.

How is that so? Some would ask, giving that Agriculture has not yet taken centre stage like it should for such huge proposition.

According to Microsoft,

The key to making this lofty goal a reality? Better financing structures, easier access to markets, better education and more training – all underpinned by technology.


In other words the world’s leading tech company suggests that Africa is equal to the challenge once there is funding, recruitment of a generation of young farmers, training/ modern farming skill acquisition and the introduction of technology.

1, FUNDING

This calls for collaborations and partnerships between governments, businesses, financial services, the civil society and the smallholder farmers. Combined interventions from these stakeholders will make help in improving yield for smallholder farmers which inadvertently makes farming profitable for them.

Most African farmers operate subsistence farming. There are few major scale farming businesses who attract investments.

African governments can help by supporting and empowering these group of farmers. Adding to the funding hurdle, Microsoft reports the genius approach of Felix Musau, Kenyan small-scale farmer. The inventor designed an app that will showcase small scale farmers in need of a loan.

The cloud-based App, AGIN which is supported by the Microsoft 4Afrika initiative and hosted on Microsoft Azure s used to collect and share information of these farmers with local banks. The advantage here is that it boosts the chances of potential yet unknown farmers in obtaining loans for their business.

2. Recruiting More Young Farmers

The present day African youth is the future of Africa. If the chunk of African farmers are the elderly, then the future of Agriculture in Africa is threatened. Some African countries have already started making plans to avoid this futuristic threat.

Nigeria is considering the use of the annual NYSC scheme to improve the nation’s agricultural sector. Kenya is following suit.

3. Technology

Gradually the sensitization of going back to our fields has started manifesting in the business world. However before the agricultural revolution gets fully set into motion, Africa needs more farmers than it has now.

By embracing technology, we can also entice more youth to pursue a career in agriculture. The average age of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa is 60 years old. With an aging population of farmers, it’s clear that agriculture has an image problem.

Technology is being introduced in every facet of agriculture. From the funding and procurement, clearing of the land, planting, irrigation and harvesting, technology is re-branding the face of African agriculture.

From farms in Sudan using satellite images in the Gezira irrigation scheme to convey information about crop growth humidity and nutrient needs, to drones in Nigeria being used to map potential for expanding rice cultivation – digital technology is likely to continue to be a major driver of development in African agriculture

Gradually the sensitization of going back to our fields has started manifesting in the business world. However before the agricultural revolution gets fully set into motion, Africa needs more farmers than it has now.

By embracing technology, we can also entice more youth to pursue a career in agriculture. The average age of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa is 60 years old. With an aging population of farmers, it’s clear that agriculture has an image problem.

Technology is being introduced in every facet of agriculture. From the funding and procurement, clearing of the land, planting, irrigation and harvesting, technology is re-branding the face of African agriculture.

From farms in Sudan using satellite images in the Gezira irrigation scheme to convey information about crop growth humidity and nutrient needs, to drones in Nigeria being used to map potential for expanding rice cultivation – digital technology is likely to continue to be a major driver of development in African agriculture.

Once the above mentioned factors are taken cognizance of, agriculture will be improved for the good of the continent and the world at large.

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