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Why African countries should urgently start generating appropriate knowledge


“Our young people are running away from Africa while the Chinese and Europeans are running to Africa.  It means we are not equipping our youths with the right skills to see what those coming to Africa are seeing.”  These words were said by Professor Fanuel Tagwira, the Board Chairman of the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research & Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) at the end of the Youth in Agriculture Summit held in Durban, South Africa from 3 to 6 August 2015.

Unemployment is becoming a time bomb in all African countries. While more than 17 million young people enter the job market every year in Sub-Saharan Africa, the majority of formerly educated young people do not see opportunities in African agriculture although it accounts for about 32% of GDP.  There is a strong view that the youth are…

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