CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE, MediaGlobal News–US President Bill Clinton and the Imagine Africa Alliance (IAA) launched the Food University initiative on Sept. 25. at the Clinton Global Initiative 2013. The first program of its kind, Food University is aimed towards developing the talent infrastructure and skills needed to meet the job demands of food sustainability and development through a “learn-while-you-earn” education and apprenticeship training program, both on campus and virtual for those unable to access a Food University campus.
“It is estimated that world food consumption will require a 70 percent increase in annual agriculture production by 2050,” said Rick Little, founder and CEO of ImagineNations Group, one of Food University’s support partners. “With 60 percent of the world’s share of uncultivated arable land, Africa offers a real solution to this challenge. This commitment helps galvanize diverse partners across Africa and other parts of the world to make this vision a reality.”
The initiative is supported by various partners across the private and public sectors, as well as civil society, and is geared towards creating 1 million jobs for Africans in the next 10 years.
MediaGlobal News talked to co-founder and Managing Director of IAA,Alan Fleischmann, to learn more about this pan-African education initiative and what it means for Africa’s future.
Interview by MediaGlobal’s correspondent Carolyn Sun and videographer Ang Chen.