At least 70% of the population in eastern Africa works in agriculture.
Half of the world's extreme poor live in sub-Saharan Africa, that's almost 400 million people. The vast majority live in rural areas and work in agriculture. With a rapidly growing population, the IMF predicts that Sub-Saharan Africa will need to create about 18 million jobs per year until 2035 to absorb the growing workforce.
The region has the fertile land and water resources available to invest in agriculture, however it also faces important threats like soil erosion, deforestation and destruction of grazing lands. Boosting agriculture in a sustainable way, while ensuring good access to markets for farmers are key aspects to reducing poverty in Africa. These are some facts and figures behind our strategy: