Universities in Africa need to take a lead role in harnessing the power of technology and innovation to improve the continent’s agricultural systems, experts have said. They stated this at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Africa (RUFORUM), held at the University Of Cape Coast in Ghana. With over 60 per cent of the continent’s population engaged in agriculture, the sector is expected to remain a key source of employment and livelihood for majority of the young people. Yet, without prioritising research and innovation spearheaded by institutions of higher learning, much of the agriculture remains rudimentary. Despite comprising a quarter of the world’s arable land, Africa remains a net importer of agricultural products. “Advancement in knowledge and skills is shifting how agriculture value chains are organised. Africa’s success to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will depend on the commitment to address these challenges,” said, the assistant director general and regional representative for Africa at the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Dr. Abebe Haile-Gabriel. The Nation
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