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Africa: Agriculture as a career

Across Africa agriculture is rarely seen as a meaningful career for the youth. Considering the hard work, the challenges and the capital that it requires, many youths would rather migrate to the cities than stay in the rural areas to pursue a career in agriculture.


Yet, there are many success stories coming from Africa; of successful youth agripreneurs, who, despite the hurdles have used their skills, creativity, and innovation and leveraged on technology to build strong, thriving agribusinesses.


In Nigeria for example, enterprising youth have started a successful farming business or are renting out equipment for other farmers to use, thus improving food security and making farming less labor intensive and thus attractive to youth.


In Kenya, an entrepreneur has set up an online platform helping young farmers to share their journey with other farmers; thus helping exchange their challenges, experience, and information; and igniting the interest of young Kenyans towards a career in agriculture.


Success stories of young people making a career out of agriculture while creating jobs in agriculture and boosting the income of farmers and the community as a whole are changing the negative stereotypes associated with agriculture and positively reinforcing the message that young people can succeed and make a living out of agriculture and have a meaningful career.


To build a thriving agribusiness, African youth need to tap into new technologies and digital tools. Thus, there is a market for innovation centers, vocational training centers and other institutions that are set up to train, support and meet the needs of African agripreneurs. The good news is that such initiatives are beginning to roll out.


Secondly, incubation centers that incubate agriculture-focused youth ideas help African youth to sharpen their ideas and further develop their management and entrepreneurial skills must be launched, and the existing ones need to continue to be funded.


Thirdly, it is important to provide platforms where rising African youthful agripreneurs can meet successful youth entrepreneurs who, despite the hurdles, have made a career in agriculture.


Making agriculture attractive and an easy sell to youth should continue to be among the top priorities for African countries and stakeholders in the agriculture value chain. The time to encourage many more young people to pursue agriculture as a career is now.


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Nigeria needs jobs to tackle unemployment

There are 16 million unemployed in Nigeria in 2017 third quarter —National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, has said. As per NBS more men worked full-time than women, while a higher percentage of female worked part-time between 20-39 hours and below 20 hours per week.


The absolute number of male full-time workers, 34.85 million, was more than twice the number of female full-time workers, 16.21 million, in the third quarter of 2017.


Nigeria needs more women in the workforce, better education and skills for its young. Colleges have to take the initiative ; help candidates with career services, campus placements for jobs with companies.



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Boom time for African start ups



2017 was the best year as far as the Africa tech revolution was concerned, as investment in tech start-ups topped US$195 million over the course of the year.


The number of tech starts ups that received funding has increase from 125 in 2015 to 146 in 2016 and 159 in 2017; this means Investor confidence and willingness to back African tech ventures is increasing.


The total funding raised by these companies – US$195,060,845 – also marks a 51% rise on the previous year’s figures, taking investment into African start-ups to an all-time record high. This proves that the speculation on African tech starts ups is real and not just hype and is impacting all aspects of daily life and service delivery.


Tech starts up are coming in all fields from healthcare to home cleaning; but it is the fintech companies that received the best funding as seen since last 3 years. A few other sectors also saw success in 2017. Ecommerce for example grew 350% on the previous year to collect over US$16 million in investment over the course of the year.


Agriculture and farming being big in Africa, there has been investment in agri-tech space, with growth of 203% in 2017. Agri-tech and e-health being are also interesting for investors due to the scope and need  of innovative new solutions, and the substantial impact element of ventures operating in these areas, these investments offer both sizeable returns and impact.


South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya continued to solidify their position as the top three investment destinations in Africa, but there was also interest in Egypt, Ghana, Uganda and Morocco.


Africa’s tech ecosystem is bound to create a trend which will continue to develop as the continent carries on presenting high quality innovations and businesses, tackling Africa’s challenges, but also scalable across the world.


Talent is a top priority for all start-up founders and executives. Starts up need to hire recruitment agencies with executive search teams who know the hiring needs of an entrepreneurial venture. Start-ups should recruit highly motivated, self-starting, hardworking candidates, quick thinking candidates with good execution skills who share a common vision and are interested in a job in a start-up.


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