The role of agricultural skills development in transforming African agriculture

Africa’s population is growing fast, and so are the continent’s food requirements. More must be done in future to increase agricultural productivity to eliminate the occurrence of food riots, experienced in 2008, 2011 and 2012. Potential solutions include designing programs that target the youth, both educated and uneducated. Attracting well-trained youth to the agricultural sector can help achieve needed increases in both production and productivity, and help address the youth unemployment crisis.

This paper discusses how agricultural skills development contributes to agricultural transformation. It looks at successful and unsuccessful skills development systems in African and recommends ways of resolving challenges encountered. The paper also provides recommendations on how to help unskilled people acquire skills, as well as to ensure that those with relevant agricultural skills become successful in the agricultural sector.

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