With almost 200 million people aged 15-24, Africa has the youngest population in the world. Each year, 10 million
young Africans enter the continent’s workforce, more than ever before. This highlights the great challenge of youth unemployment, but it could also be seen as a great opportunity to encourage youth to be the engine behind the development of new agricultural enterprises — not just in farming but also in research, processing, packaging,
and retailing of food stuffs. These demographic trends have important implications, both positive and negative, for
Africa’s social and economic future and, as shown in this Report, especially for the agriculture sector. It is clear that
the future of Africa rests in its young people and there is an imperative need to create opportunities for economic
growth, skills, prosperity and innovation in the agriculture sector to fight poverty and end hunger.