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Several farmers find it difficult to sell their produce, leading to post harvest losses and wastage. According to Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Africa loses food valued at $4 Billion dollars annually to post harvest losses. Narrowing down to Nigeria, she loses 40% of all agricultural produce to wastage and post-harvest losses.
Post-harvest losses and wastage in Africa is at an all-time high, 40-60% annually, and there is less total output per hectare of farm cultivated by farmer, a third of global yield averages as a result of disconnections between the different players in the agricultural ecosystem. This eventually makes farmers to want to cultivate much more farms to have more goods at their disposal. As a result, more land is cleared, leading to environmental degradation.
Unemployment and underemployment have been on the rise in Nigeria. On Wednesday August 31 2016, the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released the unemployment rate for the second quarter of the year which showed that unemployment rate has risen from 12.1 percent in the first quarter to 13.3 percent at the end of the second quarter. If these statistics are considered side by side with the fact that 1.8 million Nigerians enter the job market yearly, having completed higher education; it is not be an exaggerating to say that Nigeria sits on a keg of gunpowder except something is done fast to address this.