African agriculture needs technological transformation

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Agriculture is contributes 23 percent of African GDP, Mckinsey 2019 At least 43.8 percent of people are employed in the agriculture sector Only 5-6 percent of arable land in Africa is irrigated Agriculture in Africa has not only an economic value but a cultural significance.  It is time to transform the economy and lives of African farmers. Africa is home to nearly 60 percent of the world’s arable land. Over the past decade, African agriculture has faced a number of shocks which beg for technological transformation. Farming in Africa contributes greatly to the welfare of most rural-based populations. Despite the standing potential, productivity in Africa is lagging; hence, the role of modern technology stands to draw billions into it.Africa imports some food items abroad, such as wheat from war-entangled nations Ukraine and Russia, causing severe food insecurity issues for financially constrained nations such as Sudan. Agriculture is not only the principal employer, but it contributes 14 percent of sub-Saharan Africa's GDP (Oxford Business Group). The adoption of modern technology in agriculture does not only prove to be essential but inevitable. The latter boosts vital farming components across the region, including irrigation 6 percent of sub-Saharan Africa's cropland is irrigated (Global

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Padili Mikomangwa is an environmentalist based in Tanzania. . He is passionate about helping communities be aware of critical issues cutting across, environmental economics and natural resources management. He holds a bachelors degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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