Rockefeller Foundation’s Managing Director- Africa Regional Office, Mr. Mamadou Biteye, giving a speech during the UoN, Rockefeller partnership ceremony. The University Youth are encouraged to seek employment in Agriculture Value Chain.
Africa is home to approximately 600 million youth under the age of 24. It holds half of the world’s uncultivated lands and as a result, only 35% of income generated from agriculture contributes to its GDP. This is despite the fact that approximately 65% of African population practices agriculture. If the youth were more involved in agriculture value chain, the continent would deliver marvelous social and economic growth.
It is for this reason that Rockefeller Foundation has collaborated with the University of Nairobi. The collaboration seeks to encourage and build a base for the youth to actively participate in agribusiness and agriculture value chain activities. It also aims to offer more self employment opportunities, research openings, sponsorship and recognize the significant impact of the youth in developing Africa’s economy through agriculture.
Speaking during the event, Rockefeller Foundation’s Managing Director- Africa Regional Office, Mr. Mamadou Biteye, expressed optimism in the partnership in view of the University’s outstanding performance in research and academic excellence in Africa and the world.
“Kenya is the silicon savanna to revive agriculture through innovations. Our partnership will help in making sure that 40% of agriculture produce doesn’t go to waste”. He added.
On his part, the Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS), Prof. Kiama Gitahi, assured the college’s commitment towards a lasting relationship aimed at achieving developmental goals that will bring forth food sovereignty in Africa.
The University of Nairobi, through CAVS, has created a suitable environment for students to further their knowledge in agriculture and come up with innovative ideas that can help curb food waste, value addition, post-harvest loss management mechanisms and agribusiness solutions.