Débísí Àràbà, Director for the Africa region of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) summarized: “What the agricultural sector needs is persistent investment in human capital and hard infrastructure, open and free access to data, access to affordable finance and business development support and, on the political level, the elimination of multiple taxation as well as incentives for regional trade.” He left no doubt that special attention should be given to medium-scale farms of a size between 5 and 100 hectares because their share of farmland is rapidly rising.
For Jannes Maes, President of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA), the key term is innovation. The future of agriculture depends on innovation. More research and development is needed in this sector, but most crucial is the implementation, he described the setting. “The right framework needs to be in place and tools made available, such as investments and access to information. Progress in digital innovation is of utmost importance to link farmers with markets.”