Driving tech-led and inclusive growth in agri-food systems in Africa
Africa is rising. Across the continent, from the most rural villages to the bustling megacities, entrepreneurs launch start-ups, cultivate growing businesses, and scale breakthrough ventures. They recognise untapped opportunities for strengthening livelihoods at the base of the pyramid and for skyrocketing productivity and innovation through private sector-led investment, diversification and competition at scale. It is these businesses that can deliver nutritious food to Africa’s booming urban populations.
Africa’s next generation brings a confident entrepreneurial mindset which, when matched with education, support and investment, accelerates technology-enabled, inclusive growth, job creation and food security. Much of this potential lies at the intersection of the agri-food sector and the current technology revolution. Never has there been a more powerful moment in history – nor a more digitally-capable generation – to leapfrog Africa’s agri-food sector.
Entrepreneurs thrive when multiple sectors and actors consciously work together to develop a supportive environment for business innovation and growth. Many pioneering initiatives already successfully support young entrepreneurs directly but tend to act in isolation and are not achieving meaningful scale. There is a strategic opportunity to increase their impact exponentially by linking these efforts together into a wider movement.