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At the 2017 West Africa Pitch Agrihack competition held on the 4th-8th of September at Abidjan and
organized by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), E-farms emerged as the
Winner of the Early Stage Category.
Agriculture in Africa accounts for 25 per cent GDP and 70 per cent of her employment ratio. In the early
days, Agriculture was majorly practiced by our aged fore-fathers and fathers who were mostly involved in
subsistence agriculture to ensure their feeding and those of their immediate family; with the systems of
agriculture applied too fundamental to encourage the younger ones to actively participate in it. This saw
the reduced participation of the youths in agriculture because farming was recognized as a lacklustre and
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.