AgriTech: Africa’s pathway to end food insecurity

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Inarguably, agriculture is the mainstay in most African economies, contributing an average of 30 to 60 per cent of GDP; 30 per cent of the value of exports and providing employment, to about two-thirds of the continent’s working population.   According to McKinsey and Company, more than 60 per cent of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa are smallholder farmers. In cognizance, of the pivotal role played by agriculture in the continent, the African Union (AU) declared 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security; stimulating leaders to treat agriculture not only as a viable solution to eradicate poverty and hunger but also as a major contributor to economic development deserving of massive investments.   However, in stark contrast, the current drought pertinently in the Horn of Africa only highlights the peak of the continent’s food insecurity, as at least 18.4 million people are facing high levels of acute food insecurity and rising malnutrition across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. This figure could increase to 20 million by September, according to UNICEF.  In addition, 7.1 million people are now acutely food insecure in Somalia, 7.2 million in Ethiopia and some 4.1 million in Kenya, are severely food insecure due to the drought. An

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