Agricultural innovations that can sustainably optimise agricultural production systems will build resilience of agricultural and food security systems, address farmer needs and contribute to agricultural transformation in Africa.
Agriculture is a major component of the economies of SSA, reaching further into everyday life than in any other part of the world. More than half of the total labour force is involved in agriculture-related activities. Smallholder farms constitute approximately 80% of all farms in SSA and employ about 175 million people directly. For that reason, improvements in agricultural technology have the potential to impart broad-based economic benefits and help to sustain the economic growth that SSA has been experiencing. The World Bank estimates that agriculture and agribusiness in Africa have the potential to grow to a US$1 trillion industry by 2030, up from the current US$300 billion.