“Tens of millions of jobs will have to be created each year in rural areas for Africa to harness the dividends of this youthful population,” said a statement released prior to the meeting.
Agriculture is an essential driver of economic development and an area of opportunities for young people in Africa, harnessing opportunities in agribusiness entrepreneurship and innovations, therefore, will contribute to poverty reduction.
Use of ICT innovations, along the value chains, has been called for as a tool that will increase productivity and returns to investment as well as providing new employment opportunities that attract more youth.
Young innovators will Hack Against Hunger to develop innovative solutions for youth employment in food and agriculture across Africa.
Youth in Africa have the potential to revitalize the food and agriculture sector and generate economic growth.
Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) which is a partner to the conference is seeking innovative business models and new technologies to unlock the largely untapped reservoir of youth employment.
FAO and partner experts will train teams of youths devise innovative solutions as part of its role of accelerating innovative ideas that are youth-led and youth-focused entrepreneurship and employment.
Exhibition of innovative products and services
An exhibition of innovative products and services for agriculture and rural development by youth and youth-led organizations from across Africa will also take place.