On the current African growth trajectory, population growth is likely to compound poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa as it is overtaking economic growth. If the continent’s economy grows on average around 4% per year to 2035; by then, as many as 170 million more Africans could live in extreme poverty than today. Twice the workforce also means twice the mouths to feed, house, and employ, not to mention twice the number of voters. (David Tal, 2018)
Currently, sixty percent of the world's unused land is in Africa. Even within South Africa, in the north of Limpopo, smallholder farmers are responsible for 90% of the production in Africa. In South Africa alone, 90% of production comes from commercial farms; indicating major opportunity to ensure food security by tapping into the potential of the land and the farmers themselves.
Without ultimately harnessing larger crop yields and implementing robust supply chains across the region; it puts pressure on Southern African food governments to find alternative food sources for communities, resulting in further hikes in daily living expenses – where a large percentage of the population can already not afford to keep up. By giving entrepreneurs the platform for tackling these innate issues, we are able to curb food insecurity from a supply end, as well as a financial end.