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Africa's young farmers | Data on food supply chains

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Monday, 31 August 2020

 

Food security is one of the top priorities for the African continent. Among the factors that have been said to pose a threat to this goal is the ageing of the continent’s farm workers as young people seek opportunities in the urban areas. However, a study of employment trends in Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Nigeria and Tanzania shows that the average age of the agricultural workforce is much lower than 60. Felix Kwame Yeboah and Thomas Jayne explain how they debunked the myth and what the true picture implies for a more effective agricultural strategy.

Meanwhile, Simon Roberts and Jason Bell call for much more accurate and timely information about food markets on the continent to ensure food security. Data on food prices are crucial for political and economic stability. They explain that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for well functioning regional and national food supply chains. This can be achieved through the greater integration of regional economies. Such integration, however, can’t be achieved without the appropriate support for investment in production, infrastructure and capabilities.

Godfred Boafo

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