Agriculture is critical to some of Africa’s biggest development goals. The sector is an engine of job creation. Farming alone currently accounts for about 60 percent of total employment in sub-Saharan Africa, while the share of jobs across food system is potentially much higher.
At the same time, Africa’s agriculture sector is facing mounting challenges. Africa’s population, which is projected to rise by 1.3 billion by 2050, will further strain her food system. This will require a 70 per cent increase in food production. Besides increasing productivity, such efforts require to be augmented by ensuring minimal food losses and efficient supply chain management.
As technology improves and becomes more widely available, disruption in agriculture promises to accelerate. East African counties – notably Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda – are among those leading the way.
Full article: Daily Nation