UN-AU Conference Showcases ICT Innovations to Attract Youth to Agriculture

Africa, Events, ICT, News, August 28 2018

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AFRICA: A two-day conference on youth employment in agriculture has highlighted opportunities to tap the potential of Africa’s vast youth population to contribute to sustainable development of the continent. With an estimated 60% of Africa’s 1.2 billion population being under the age of 25, the discussions underscored the need to create tens of millions of jobs annually in rural areas to enable Africa to “harness the dividends of its youth.”

The conference was co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Government of Rwanda and the African Union Commission (AUC), and took place from 20-21 August 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.

The discussions centered on how to harness opportunities in agribusiness entrepreneurship and information and communication technology (ICT) innovations along diverse agri-food value chains to improve the image of the rural sector and provide new employment opportunities for young people.

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