The Co-chair for Commission on New Climate Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, says the use of modern technologies and drought resistant crop varieties are some of the surest ways to minimize the climate change menace facing Africa’s agricultural sector. This according to her will help reap the most out of the sector despite the challenges it is faced with.
Mrs Okonjo-Iweala who stated this in a panel discussion during the 2019 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2019) held at the Accra International Conference Center admonished governments across the continent not to develop other sectors of the economy at the expense of the natural environment.
The forum brought together global and Pan-African business and agriculture sector personalities, musicians and twelve young agricultural entrepreneurs (agripreneurs) from ten African countries to discuss issues confronting Africa’s agricultural sector.
The twelve agripreneurs were the finalists from across Africa pitching for the inaugural US$100,000 Generation Africa GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize, an initiative co-catalysed by Econet and Yara International. Its main objective is to address youth unemployment by empowering the youth to take advantage of the opportunities in the agricultural sector.
The twelve finalists include Isaac Sesi from Ghana, Leah Bessa-South Africa, Steven Betcha-DR Congo, Piwai Nigel Chikasha-Zimbabwe and Siny Samba from Senegal. The rest are Berton Fokou Cameroon, Benolo Beverly Monthe Botswana, Lilian Nakigozi-Uganda, Starlin Farah-Kenya, Job Oyebisi and Affiong Williams from Nigeria .
The Chairman of Econet, Strive Masiyiwa and President of IFAD, Gilbert Houngbo agreed on the need for actors to invest in agriculture which is the future of Africa.
For his part, CEO of Yara International, Svein Tore Holsether stressed the use of digital technologies as means to greatly transform the agrifood sector.
Event covered by Agricinghana Media on behalf of Agrihouse Foundation.
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