MILLENNIALS IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR
Women are one of the key players in any given economy, they are the backbone of a rural economy especially in developed countries. They make-up almost half of the world’s farmers, and over the last few decades, they have broadened their involvement in agriculture.
Women are the primary caregivers in the family and in the communities, they are the direct human link between the farm and the dining table. There are women all over Africa providing us with our most basic need; food. Whether they are on the farm or in the lab, there are women working hard to make the agricultural sector more resilient and sustainable.
Here are two millennial women who have raised the bar of agriculture in Nigeria and in Africa as a whole:
Aderonke Aderinoye is the founder of Agri hub Nigeria. She has embarked on an ambitious project to change the farming system for smallholder farmers in Nigeria and indeed Africa. Agrihub is an agricultural estate of over 150 acres of land in Ogun state. Agrihub has become the go-to place for new generation small-scale farmers. It provides farmers with the space to grow crops, process their agricultural produce and more so, acquire relevant training on site for improving productivity and generating a sustainable profit-making business. Also, it is a social networking and training environment. It promises to deliver on secondary needs of a young farmer by providing necessary accommodation, facilities and tools that support the farming while allowing the farmer concentrate on his primary function.
She is the founder of Agroley Ventures. Agroley was founded in May 2014. The company has four investments: The Nuli Juice Company- an innovative beverage brand; Nuli Foods- a restaurant that makes ready-to-eat traditional African meals, Nature’s Bounty- a Nigerian dried fruit brand, and African Courtier Express- a Nigerian technology-enabled logistics and services company. It is an investment company across Africa and across the value chain in agriculture.
Ada Osakwe who was the Investment adviser of Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwumi Adesina, said that after the Minister went ahead to become the President of African Development Bank she decided to pursue a career in the agricultural sector because she wanted something different.
The agricultural sector is no doubt the new oil, only if African leaders will pay more attention to it and develop the sector to generate more revenue. Oil may run out but food will never.