We must leverage smart agriculture to drive economic opportunity at the farm level.
Specifically, we need to focus on yield improvement as a growth source rather than simply more acreage. Currently, the primary source of growth is bringing more land into production to the detriment of the environment.
Yields in Africa are among the lowest globally; as an example, various research has shown that cereals yield is only c.47% compared to the rest of the world.
Africa can leverage some of the established methods on increasing yield, such as using adequate fertilizers, data-driven farming, alternative farming methods like urban farming, better seeds while investing in finding other ways to improve the yield per acre. Overall, there needs to be more investment and focus on how to do more with less.
“Our ultimate vision is to feed the world, but that has to start with feeding our campus, community, state, country, then region. In five years, Landmark University will be a leader in proactive engagement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our agrarian agenda will be well developed, and we will be competing with prestigious global institutions.”
Africa’s 1.3 billion population is expected to double by 2050. In 30 years, the continent could be home to a quarter of the world’s population. While the rapid population growth rate raises concerns about Africa’s socio-economic growth and stability prospects, it also presents transformative opportunities.
We have adopted very entrepreneurial programs that push students to not just train for already available jobs and existing businesses, but to also think of starting their own. All indications point to a future that is going to be very IT dominated and entrepreneurial. We, therefore, offer programs that have a business focus and in-depth knowledge of ICT. We are led by current market trends that define an excellent graduate as one that can invent, innovate and create. That market definition helps us shape our programs so that we put out graduates that are well equipped for the challenges out there.