Agricultural Challenges

Why Enter Our Agricultural Challenges?

With more than 60% of its 1.166 billion people living in rural areas, Africa’s economy is inherently dependent on agriculture. More than 32% of the continent’s gross domestic product comes from the sector, and more than two thirds of all African livelihoods are derived from it. However, agricultural productivity still remains far from developed world standards. Over 90% of agriculture depends on rainfall, with no artificial irrigation aid. The techniques used to cultivate the soil are still far behind from what has been adopted in Asia and Americas, lacking not only irrigation, but also fertilisers, pesticides and access to high-yield seeds. Agriculture in Africa also experiences basic infrastructural problems such as access to markets and financing. The single most pressing challenge facing Africa's governments is to harness the continent's increasing wealth and use it to improve people’s lives, and agriculture is at the heart of that challenge. To reduce poverty and boost economic growth, Africa will have to develop a vibrant and prosperous agricultural sector.

View our available challenges below to find out how you can help tackle some of the major agricultural challenges affecting Africa right now.

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