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The Youth, Agriculture and Water nexus in sub-Saharan Africa

Nobody knows with certainty what the world’s future will look like in terms of demography. But one thing is quite sure; we will need to feed more and more people with declining resources. The current world population of 7.2 billion is projected to increase by almost one billion people within the next twelve years, reaching 8.1 billion in 2025 and 9.6 billion in 2050, according to a new United Nations report, World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision released in 2013.

The demographic situation is bound to change dramatically in sub-Saharan Africa where the population is expected to increase from 860 million in 2010 to 2 billion in 2050 because of its youthful population. Today two out of three subSaharans are under 25 years old. This fast growing population must be seen as an asset since it brings a unique opportunity for rapid human capital development and economic growth. Sub-Saharan agriculture can tap into this valuable resource to advance food security. But some challenges need to be addressed first. One of them is related to water management for agricultural purposes.

Read the full article (Page 27) published in The E-magazine of the World’s Farmers Issue n. 18, August 2013