Food production is critical in East Africa, where over 80% of exports depend on agriculture. The future holds both opportunities, with global food demand expected to increase by up to 98% by 2050, and risk, with increasing use of robotics, automation, and precision agriculture threatening the loss of over 20 million livelihoods. Over 70% of the population works in agriculture, including many women who work in low-income roles.
But while agriculture is still often referred to as an ‘old person’s job’, the growth of mechanization, biotechnology, nanotech, and digitalization are changing agricultural production, with greater interactions than ever before with manufacturing and services. Agriculture is no longer a ‘traditional’ sector.