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ICT Solutions can empower African Youth in Agriculture, CTA panel says

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In the sidelines of the 6th EU-Africa Business Forum, held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) panel led by CTA Director Michael Hailu affirmed that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are key to attracting African youth to agriculture.

CTA held a business forum whose theme was, “Creating Jobs for Africa’s Youth” which saw policymakers and civil society leaders from across Africa and Europe attending.

The CTA Director highlighted the importance of access to finance to agriculture and that lack of it still remains an obstacle to agricultural development in Africa.

This was also affirmed by young entrepreneur who attended the session, for example “Banks are still reluctant not just to lend to young people, but also to lend to rural people who are excluded from mainstream financial services,” said Gerald Otim, a young Ugandan entrepreneur.

For more information read the CTA Press release here