Mechanization of African agriculture - Does it create or destroy jobs?

Berlin, Germany

Innovation Dialogue on the future of Africa's rural areas

Invitation to a discussion on the structural change of agriculture in Africa organized by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the MaMo Panel.

(Launch of the german version of the MaMo Mechanized Report)

Africa needs jobs – productive employment for the many millions of young people who seek their first job every year, many of them in rural areas. The agricultural sector offers huge potential for productive employment. Aren’t agricultural machinery and new technologies destroying exactly these jobs? We know from our own surveys that millions of young people in Africa see a career perspective in agribusiness - if productivity and thus income-generating technologies are available. By contrast, the option of a life in the city is already a present alternative for half of the young people in rural areas.

Mechanization in Africa

A study by the "Malabo Montpellier Panel" describes the state of mechanization of agriculture in Africa. The panel provides recommendations for institutional reforms, innovative sector policies and cooperation with the private sector. The study testifies to considerable increases in productivity by agricultural machinery and shows: Mechanization can certainly lead to more employment.

  • How and under what conditions does this work in smallholder African agriculture?
  • What possibilities does an inter-company use offer?

We want to discuss this with people who know their way around:

  • Gunther Beger, Head of Department in the BMZ
  • Ousmane Badiane, IFPRI, Director for Africa
  • Frank Nordmann, Grimme Agricultural Machinery
  • Jehiel Oliver, Hello Tractor
  • Jochen Moninger Deutsche Welthungerhilfe
  • Joachim von Braun, University of Bonn.

Please register by February 4th.

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