Farming

The New Face of Farming: Youth Making Agribusiness ‘Cool’ | The Youth CafF

The New Face of Farming: Youth Making Agribusiness ‘Cool’ | The Youth CafF

Botswana’s Mavis Nduchwa, 33, owns an animal feed farm that grows grains and legumes

BY IHUOMA ATANGA

Run a quick Google search on African women making it in business, and you will rarely find a young woman engaged in rural farming. But Mavis Nduchwa has challenged norms by founding and successfully managing a commercial animal feed farm in Botswana.

Fighting ‘Hidden Hunger’ with Fortified Foods | The Youth Cafe

Fighting ‘Hidden Hunger’ with Fortified Foods | The Youth Cafe

By Brenda Wawa

For years, boosting agricultural production was believed to be the solution to world hunger and malnourishment. But years of intensive farming with chemical fertilisers and pesticides has done little to move the needle on food insecurity, health metrics or life expectancy. Today, experts have identified a new kind of hunger-one caused by not lack of food but food that lack essential micronutrients necessary for growth and development.

Mechanizing Agriculture is Key to Food Security | The Youth Cafe

Mechanizing Agriculture  is Key to Food Security | The Youth Cafe

BY BUSANI BAFANA

In African woman with hoe in hand is the default symbol of agriculture in Africa, according to the late Calestous Juma, African academic and former Harvard Kennedy School professor. Mr. Juma used that image to convey the drudgery-filled farming that women on the continent face. Women grow 70% of Africa’s food on smallholder farms, a task anchored by physical labour.