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Sarah Anyang Agbor of the African Union. Education is the greatest weapon to transform the world

As an African Union Commissioner, Sarah Anyang Agbor is providing education and training to Africa’s youth. Here’s what she told us at Seeds&Chips about making the “African dream” come true.

“Young people are the future. And they are the present. If you give them opportunities, they will bloom like the flowers that we love to smell”. Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Epse Agbor is the African Union Commissioner of Human Resources, Science and Technology. We met her at Seeds&Chips in Milan, Italy, where she told us how her organisation works.

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Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor at Seeds&Chips in Milan
Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor at Seeds&Chips in Milan © Luigi Zanni

Africa’s youth population “keeps moving the needle”

The median age in Africa is 19.4 years, that’s why young people are essential to the renewal of their continent. The department prof. Agbor is leading provides education and training to them. “Nelson Mandela said that education is the greatest weapon that can transform the world and I strongly believe in that because I’m a professor. I’m sure that if you provide the right training to the kids of Africa, they will give you the resources you need”.

They are already making the “African dream” come true actually. When asked about stories of success, the Commissioner made Aya Chebbi’s example: she is the first African Union Youth Envoy and an award-winning Pan-African feminist who founded multiple platforms to empower the next generations. But hers is not an isolated case. “Africa’s young entrepreneurs keep moving the needle” as we can read on Forbes, whose annual ranking of the 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa features some of the greatest innovators in African business today.

Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ll feed him for a lifetime.Proverb

We know the continent has many challenges to face, with hunger on the top of the list. Nevertheless, we’re now aware that its youth population is learning how to fish.

Seeds&Chips 2019

Seeds&Chips is the most important international summit on the topic of innovation in food. It is held annually in the Italian city of Milan during Milano Food City, a week dedicated to the world of food, agriculture and nutrition borne out of the heritage left by the Expo 2015 World Fair, whose theme was “Feeding the plant, energy for life”. This year Seeds&Chips took place between 6 and 9 May, at Fiera Milano Rho. LifeGate was media partner to the event with the aim of giving voice to speakers, policymakers, NGOs, startups and companies in the debate around one of the most pressing challenges of our time: feeding a growing world population sustainably. Comment posts with the hashtag #SaC19. Thanks to BWT Italia.

Featured image © Luigi Zanni
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