If we want to drive meaningful, sustainable development on the continent, this is one field we need to invest in. Statistics show that; Agriculture is a dominant economic sector in Africa, and concerns around global food security making the continent’s fertile, uncultivated land an enormously important resource. Statistics show that;
- There will be 2.4 billion more people to feed by 2050?
- 79% of Africa’s arable land remains uncultivated?
- Annual post-harvest grain losses in sub-Saharan Africa average $4 billion?
- 40% of the unemployed in Africa are young people?
- 16% of Africa’s land is arable, the largest share in the world?
- The rate of youth inactivity in North Africa is 62% and 42% in sub-Saharan Africa?
- 3.5 million Agricultural assorted equipments are needed to put Africa on a par with other regions?
EGI’s Corporate Interventions;
- Advise on the development and implementation of national programmes for food and agricultural statistics and advise on the organization of the necessary structures to support these programmes.
- Identify, formulate and technically backstop statistical field projects.
- Advise on the organization and conduct of agricultural censuses and surveys and of household surveys related to food and agriculture, including the use of appropriate methodologies and the training of national personnel as well as the dissemination of results.
- Network, organize and participate in meetings, seminars and training courses on food and agricultural activites.
- Promote cooperation and coordination between countries and facilitate the exchange of information and methodological experience to diversify the agri-business.
- Cooperate with other agencies and develop partnerships to promote effective and efficient food and agricultural statistics systems.