Per a l'últim mes del ‘ pagès vistes’ section has featured segments written by GFN member Chibuike Emmanuel de Nigèria, que va ser inspirat per una història de The New York Times va publicar fa diverses setmanes, ‘Millennials 'fer agricultura atractiu"a l'Àfrica, On llaurar la terra una vegada destinats vergonya’ by Sarah Maslin Nir. Her article was about efforts by some members of the younger generation to spruce up how farming is perceived in Ghana. There are quite a few other nations on the continent and Chibuike decided to set out and highlight some young farmers he is knowledgable of and their efforts in a few other countries. Parts 1, 2 & 3 of ‘Ensuring Ag Remains ‘Sexy’ In Africanow conclude with Part 4 below:

The multi-disciplinary efforts of young Africans to ensure that Agriculture remains ‘sexy’ on the continent.

Just as in Ghana where ‘’celebrities have answered the call’’ Nigerian ace-artiste DBanj led a pan Africa collaboration effort for the ONE’s Do Agric, It Pays Campaign with his ‘’Cocoa na Chocolate’’ banger. Top recording artists from countries across the continent – Zimbabwe, Moçambic, Tanzània, REPÚBLICA DEMOCRÀTICA DEL CONGO, Sud-àfrica, Swazilàndia, Algèria, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya and Cameroonwere all involved in making the hit song. From musicals to visuals, Nawsheen Hosenally, who is Mauritian merged her passion for technology with her field of study in agricultural extension to co-found Agribusiness TV with her Burkinabe journalist husband. The web TV makes the sector more attractive to youth by showcasing success stories of young ‘’agriprenuers’’ and their innovations across Africa.

As President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana is doling out policies to strengthen his country’s ‘agricultural renaissance’, young Africans are also driving sustainable policies in other places. With degrees from Imperial College London and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Dr.. Debisi Araba from Nigeria, but now based in Nariobi, is pioneering the International Center For Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) portfolio in Africa based on four pivotal areas: climate-smart agriculture; building sustainable food systems and ecosystems actions; plus analyzing big data. He served as the Senior Technical Adviser to Dr. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, when he was the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture. Per exemple, Debisi provided technical advice to the then President of Nigeria and Minister on the Nigerian Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA).

So with over 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable area resident on the continent, increasingly Africa’s millennial are now embracing ‘’tilling the soil’’ but they understand that this is beyond primary agriculture and even food. Whether they are farmers, enginyers, culture shapers, food scientists, lawyers or accountants, there is always something they can do in the agri-food value chain. So multi-disciplinary cross-pollination of ideas across fields and countries are already taking place. És ser ventar les brases d'aquesta revolució arreu del continent- d'est a oest, north to south. These young men and women understand ‘’that what’s at stake is Africa’s economic future’’. Per tant, s'estan trencant barreres, caminant per les dificultats unfathomed, innovating under excruciating conditions and taking charge of their own destinies. Their efforts are showing that this can be done, ' fer l'agricultura (l'agricultura) sexy’’ thus attractive to other young people and ensuring that this resurgence in Africa’s agriculture isn’t just a fad, but here to stay.

Chibuike Emmanuel is a young Nigerian farmer who is a member of the Global farmer Network. He is the founding curator of the Agriculture is Sexy Network which inspires, supports and mentors millennials to embrace agri-food careers as a pathway to Africa’s economic prosperity.