Future Harvest: Who Will Grow Tomorrow’s Food?

From the World Bank Group Update

As Global food demand is projected to skyrocket in the future, creating vast job opportunities in food production, transformation and marketing. But who will seize them? More specifically: who will grow tomorrow’s food?

This question has gathered opinion today to deliberate on how to rescues the world from the lingering crisis of food shortage at the World Bank headquarters, Washington D. C. to determine the future of the farming profession as it is in jeopardy.

In many parts of the world, farm workers are in their late 50s and ageing. Even in Africa where the rural population is younger, young people dream of ditching fieldwork for city jobs. With low access to land, finance and knowledge on the one hand, and the pull of urban lifestyles on the other, farming is indeed a hard sell for many young people.

Yet other trends give reason for optimism: in surveys, younger generations express a thirst for innovation, private entrepreneurship and meaningful work. Younger generations care much more about the quality, sustainability and provenance of the food they eat than their parents do. And many are drawn to technologies that have the potential to break new ground in food and agriculture.

The one-hour event, moderated by international journalist Femi Oke, will give voice to people who are bucking the ageing farmer trend and bringing their commitment, business skills and new ideas to agriculture. Four speakers – in their 20s, 30s, and 40s – will share their challenges and breakthroughs – from supplying a small café in Kampala, Uganda with fresh greens, to investing in solar panels to lower the cost of poultry operations in rural Jamaica, understanding how to keep daughters on the family farm in Western Australia, and applying agroecology on a large scale to restore degraded soils and produce higher yields in the state of Sao Paolo, Brazil. The event will be livestreamed globally and integrate questions from online viewers

Details later…


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Abdul Rahman Aliagan is an Abuja-based seasoned Journalist who has spanned over a decade in the profession. My flare for Investigation has earned me a niche and more on the profession. Presently, I am the National Publicity Secretary, Guide of Investigative Journalists, an umbrella body for the curious journalists in Nigeria. I am a student of History from the Better By Far University, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, I was born in late 70s. I started my Journalistic career with The Herald Newspaper, in 1997 and moved my career to Funtua, Katsina State as a Media Assistant to a Non-Governmental Organization, Pan-African Development Education and Advocacy Programme (PADEAP) where I later joined the service of Newspeg Newspaper as a Senior Correspondent and became the pioneer Editor as it transformed to Magazine. However, close to two decades uninterrupted experiences gave birth to Time Nigeria Magazine that is setting Economic and political pace for the most populated country in African continent, Nigeria.


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