Ghana’s Minister for Science and Technology Kwabena Frimpong Boateng said here Tuesday Africa’s vast lands will remain fruitless if the continent fails to explore digital technology to fast-track socioeconomic development.
“Unfortunately, we may not have been proactive enough. The expectations did not come to fruition, giving Africa a peripheral and bottom rant of economic development,” Boateng said while delivering the opening address for a three-day African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF).
It was under the theme “Growing Digital Leveraging Transformation to Drive Sustainable Food Systems in Africa.”
The minister therefore called on African governments to implement the right polices, use mobile phones in agriculture information dissemination and involve the private sector in partnerships to drive the sector forward.
Agnes Kalibata, the president of AGRF, said it was time Africa took advantage of digitization to improve food production.
She said the forum would stop youth migration to Europe and other parts of the world for jobs.
“This year’s ADRF is about three things; we are going to discuss how we can use digital revolution to write our minutes to ensure that we can actually leapfrog into the future,” she said.
She urged Africa which failed to take advantage of the green revolution in the 1950’s not to disappoint this time, to improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers who constitute over 75 percent of the continent’s population. Enditem