It is no longer news that Africa has a young population (About 70% of people in Africa are below the age of 30), sadly though young people are not interested in Agriculture or Agric business. What is the future of Africa when the average farmer in Africa is 60 years, what will be future of Africa by 2050 (when our Population is expected to be above 2 billion)? With the global financial crises, several youths have been out of job or don’t have job at all! The rate of unemployment is increasing everyday, coupled with the high cost living caused mostly by fewer crops in the market due to the effects of climate change, will we continue like this?
The big answer by IHAV Foundation and all participants of their 2013 Conference is a resounding NO, We believe that Africa has the potentials to feed itself and even the world, We have 60% of available cultivable land in the world! We have clean water in most areas of Africa, we have most especially the Man power (Millions of youth in Africa who wants to work), the question is how will we feed ourselves? Will we watch and wait while the old generation of farmers in Africa phase out? African Youths should start thinking of the going into Agriculture or Agric business, how?
In a recent radio interview on Top Radio, 103.1 FM Accra the CEO of IHAV Foundation, Christabel Ofori mentioned the impact of collaboration among African youths which will go a long way to improve the way African youths view Agriculture and Agric business. She also advised African youths to go into Agriculture and Agric business, not waiting until they have thousands of dollars before they go in! There are various areas of Agriculture, there is the growing of the crops/raising animals, there is the sales of food products, Processing and Packaging, and the use of ICT in Agriculture all these are good ways youth and make money and indeed create jobs for millions of other youths!
Rather than complain of the lack of jobs, or what the government needs to do or not, its high time African youths takes the bull by the horn: Create positive change by going into Agriculture in any little way they can, they will never regret it: Food, employment, and more interestingly: Money awaits you!
Kalu Samuel is an article writer and Agric blogger, he is also the Co-founder of Youth Gap Network, an NGO centered on reducing Youth unemployment through positive change actions that encourage youths to be entrepreneurial. He is also a participant at the I Have a Vision for Africa (IHAV) Foundation Conference 2013.