Published On: Mon, Jan 23rd, 2017

Kigali summit explores Africa agro potential

Kano agroKIGALI, (CAJ News) – MORE than 300 global and African thought leaders and young entrepreneurs will gather in Rwanda next month to explore ways youth can improve agricultural productivity and make the sector a viable source of employment.
The meeting will be held under the aegis of the MasterCard Foundation’s second Young Africa Works Summit on February 16-17 in Kigali.
Fifty young people will also attend to share their perspectives on employment and self-employment in this sector.
“The 2017 Summit will highlight the contributions being made by young people to transform the agricultural sector from subsistence farming to a modern, competitive, sustainable, and equitable business,” says Ann Miles, Director of Financial Inclusion and Youth Livelihoods, MasterCard Foundation.
With 11 million young Africans entering the job market annually and the rapid expansion of the continent’s agricultural sector, young people are driving the modernization of agriculture through the use of innovative technologies and production systems.
The agricultural sector, already the largest sector for employment in Africa, is expected to create eight million stable jobs by 2020 and offers tremendous promise for catalyzing prosperity and creating sustainable livelihoods for young people.
Among delegates in Kigali will be Agnes Kalibata, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Chief Executive Officer and Head of Mission at the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network.
African Union Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture, Rhoda Peace Tumisiime, will deliver the keynote address.
CAJ News

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