New Technology Gives African Agriculture A Makeover

New Technology Gives African Agriculture A Makeover



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In a long-sleeved shirt and jeans, expertly navigating eastern Rwanda’s bumpy back roads in a white four-wheel drive, Dieudonne Twahirwa looks nothing like the stereotypical African farmer.

The 30-year-old owner of Gashora Farm knows what a difference that makes.

“You need more role models,” he said, standing among knee-high rows of chili plants. “If you have young farmers, they have land and they drive to the farm, [others] think, ‘Why can’t I do that?'”

Many young Africans are abandoning rural areas, choosing not to toil in the fields – a job made tougher by climate change.

But Twahirwa is one of a growing band of successful farmers working to jazz up agriculture’s image on the continent.

From Christian Science Monitor.  Story by Thin Lei Win.

Some 1,000 farmers now produce chillies for him. He is starting a fourth farm of his own, and exports fresh and dried chillies and oil to Britain, the United States, India, and Kenya.

Africa has the world’s youngest population and 65 percent of its uncultivated arable land.

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