Africa’s paradoxical abundance of arable land juxtaposed with prevalent food insecurity and poverty is a troubling narrative. While agriculture remains pivotal, large fertilizer and food imports persist, hindering economic progress. Despite Africa’s youthful demographic—65% under age 25—many young individuals lack access to farming land, obstructing their economic growth.
Only a mere 10% of land in sub-Saharan Africa is formally documented, constraining rural youth primarily to customary land access via inheritance. Fortunately, the strategic framework of ‘Agenda 2063’ holds the promise of inclusive socioeconomic emancipation. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a crucial project within this vision, necessitating land governance reform to secure land rights for the youth.
Interactions with the young populace reveal a stark reality: while urged to embrace agriculture for prosperity, they lack essential tools and resources. The aspiration to farm and contribute to food security is hindered by the absence of space for modern farming techniques like hydroponics or aeroponics.