Agriculture

Green shoots of change

The agricultural sector is an engine of job creation in Africa and accounts for about 60% of total employment in the Sub-Saharan region, while the share of jobs across the food system is potentially much larger. While expanding land under cultivation has boosted African agricultural production, it has come at an environmental cost. Technology has the answer to intensifying agricultural production sustainably without harming the environment, whether by providing access to finance for farmers, powering cooling systems for fresh produce or improving communications with markets.

Sector at a glance

  • 51 million - The number of farms in Africa
  • 3.7 million - The amount of rice Nigeria produces per year, in tonnes
  • 32% - The proportion of Africa’s GDP that comes from the agriculture sector