CEO's Corner


African agriculture is no longer a traditional way of life, it is a business. And like any other, it will grow, through investment and access to markets. The African farmer, like any other entrepreneur, and perhaps even more so, needs to take into account the uncertain nature of business. The farmer will be at the mercy of market flux and climate change. They will need to access finance, manage their own accounts, and diversify their assets, or perish.

Dakar – “Entrepreneurship can be taught,” Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, NEPAD Agency CEO declared at the 18th Session of the Regional Coordination Mechanism, held in Dakar, Senegal.  “The onus is on all of us – political, policy, technical, public sector, private sector, civil society – to create and sustain the conditions in our education systems to allow learning on entrepreneurship to happen,” Dr Mayaki said.

The CEO was speaking as co-chair of a special high-level panel session that ran between 25  and 26 March. The session was organised under the theme Enablers for Employment and Entrepreneurship.

Dr Mayaki further pointed out that, “The numbers we have to deal with as a continent are massive. Therefore, the efforts we make should embrace specific efforts to leapfrog so that we can be delivering tangible impact at critical mass levels.”