IITA-CGIAR emphasizes innovations for women and youths at the 2023 FAO science and innovation forum
The role of women and youth in the collective efforts to bolster Africa’s agrifood systems through innovations in a changing climate cannot be overemphasized. Africa has the largest youth population globally, with over 400 million people between 15 and 35 years. The strength, vibrance, and fresh perspective of youths provide a rich bank of innovative potential waiting to be tapped. Young people are the driving force of innovation. Women, on the other hand, make up 66% of Africa’s workforce. Women are resilient and possess excellent problem-solving capabilities.
Emphasizing the role of women and youth in driving science-led innovations for climate actions in Africa’s agrifood systems, FAO Chief Scientist Ismahane Elouafi said, “Whether it is developing drought-resistant crop varieties, promoting sustainable and measurement practices, or harnessing digital solutions for precision agriculture, innovation is our ‘beacon of hope’ in a changing climate.” She enjoined all to harness the power of youths, the wisdom of women, and the transformative potential of innovation to create more efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable ways to improve Africa’s food systems.