President of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Mr. Kanayo Nwanze

Adebiyi Adedapo in Abuja

The President of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Mr. Kanayo Nwanze, has recommended investment in rural infrastructure to stem youth exodus from rural to urban areas in Africa.

Nwanze made the recommendation in Abuja at the ongoing 9th IFAD Annual Regional Workshop titled “Investing in Rural Youths; How Do We Plant the Seed for the Future.”

The workshop which draws participants from across West and Central Africa is aimed at reawakening the consciousness of all stakeholders‎ to the role of youth in agriculture to the future of Africa.

Nwanze said investing in rural areas was necessary because it will ensure gainful employment for rural dwellers and improve standard of living of majority of the citizens.

“If we want young the people to stay and work in rural areas, there is a need to be considerable investment in infrastructure.
This includes investment in processing plants, electricity,
warehouses, roads and ports. Doing this can reduce post-harvest waste and improve access to markets,” he said.

He added that Africa could create a world where young people have something to gain, instead of a world where they have nothing to lose; a world where young people take up the tools for production, not arms for destruction.