Skills development as a tool for sustainable progress towards SDG 2: Zero Hunger in Africa.

17th January 2022

Sustainable agriculture practices are critical for the advancement of SDG2: Zero Hunger in Africa. At the African Management Institute, we believe that agri-MSMEs are the super seed for improving Africa’s food systems, helping to unlock smallholder production capacity in the fight to end zero hunger. 

Our recently released agri-white paper explores the human capital challenge, recognising the action steps required to achieve zero hunger and how supporting MSMEs can catalyse this progress. SDG2 sets an audacious goal, acting not as a unique indicator, but instead casting a larger impact on other SDGs such as sustainable livelihoods.

We explore the connection between improving the productivity of smallholder farmer capacity and addressing the African jobs crisis, through accelerating the potential of agri-SMEs. With agriculture accounting for 52% of total employment across Sub- Saharan Africa, the sector remains as a critical focal point for meaningful change.

At AMI, our theory of change in agriculture is built on the premise that supporting MSMEs through key interventions such as building talent capacity, driving innovation, enabling ecosystem development, and supporting the hidden middle can create a positive ripple effect towards the advancement of zero hunger by 2030. Focused on systemic challenges affecting MSMEs, youth, leaders, and ecosystem enablers, our programmes are designed to scale the outcomes of improved production capacity of the food systems.

While a myriad of challenges make the progress towards accomplishing SDG2 slow, we remain keen on exploring the opportunities for growth that addressing human capital barriers can create. Download our white paper to learn more about skills development as a tool for enabling sustainable growth and progress. 

To learn more about AMI’s work to help achieve SDG 2 through skills development, or to partner with us, contact Lillian Mwai, Senior Partnerships Manager at lillian@africanmanagers.org

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