Create new linkages across the Continent
Despite agriculture employing over 60% of Africa's population the sector contributes only about 15% of the Continent's GDP. Technology such as precision farming could potentially reverse the situation by enabling farmers to produce more with less. In particular, agro-industrialisation can contribute to addressing Africa's historical dependence on food imports.
Agricultural technology innovations could indeed inspire the future of farming for years to come. With Africa's population set to increase from around 1.3 billion to 1.7 billion by 2030, there can be little doubt that the challenges the Continent already faces in respect of managing issues such as food production and food supply security, not to mention access to clean drinking water, will be exacerbated as we move forward.
The Africa Day Conference will look at smarter ways to leverage technology in order to address these challenges. The situation requires a radical response that delivers a proactive, predictive and data-driven approach to addressing these issues with exponentially growing levels of speed and impact. The Africa Day programme is designed to address farming, food production and agriculture related issues specific to the Southern Africa region for 2020 and beyond.