The Wilson Center Africa Program published its annual “Africa: Year in Review 2017” publication highlighting the most important and impactful events on the continent in 2017. This year’s publication featured an opinion piece by IGD President Mima S. Nedelcovych on the growing recognition of the power of agriculture in creating economic prosperity in Africa.
Indeed, agriculture oﬀers tremendous potential for African countries to achieve key development goals and fuel inclusive growth across the continent. The agriculture sector employs some 65 percent of Africa’s working age population, the World Bank estimates. Since the African continent sits on 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated arable land, opportunity abounds for agribusinesses and agro-industry to create much needed and well-paid jobs in the agricultural value chain.
– Dr. Mima S. Nedelcovych, President & CEO, Initiative for Global Development (IGD)