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Key Agenda at the Summit

Join the Summit graced by leading investors, CEOs, managers and professionals in Africa's food and agriculture industry supply chain

Climate change, a fast increasing population and uncertainties in food and agriculture industry supply chains brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, wars and conflicts and the Ukraine-Russia war have negatively affected African countries and their ability to meet the food needs of current and future populations in the Continent.

African countries are already facing the wrath of climate change – with flooding, droughts and other risks such as diseases and pests reducing crop yields and increasing uncertainties on food supplies.

With the fast growing, rapidly urbanising  population that is set to double by 2050 to about 2.5 billion, Africa is faced with billions of mouths to feed everyday in the next 25 years with dwindling water, land and food resources.

As we grapple with these uncertain times, the food and agriculture industry stakeholders in Africa are faced with the difficult task of redefining the future of agricultural food production, storage, processing, distribution, retail and consumption.

The 2024 edition of the Summit will be focused on the role of the private sector – how the private sector in Africa can harness science, technology and innovation – and the vital partnerships and collaborations with governments, NGOs and development organisations, and academic and research institutions to deliver a more sustainable future for the food value chains in Africa.

The 2024 edition of the Summit will also feature the THE NEST AFRICA DEAL ROOM – where innovators and changemakers that are leading start-ups and young businesses in the food and agriculture value chain in Africa shall present their business concepts to potential partners and investors

Sign up today to attend this pan-African conference and exhibition and thereby contribute to the future of sustainable food systems in the Continent.

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Regenerative & Profitable Agriculture

Africa lags the rest of the World in its agricultural production statistics.

Critically, the sub-Saharan Africa region countries report low yields from their agricultural activities across the board – be it in the grains, dairy and livestock, oilseeds, fruits and vegetables etc – due to low utilisation of appropriate technologies, inconsistant and patchy usage of the right inputs and seeds, poor management systems at the farm level, among many others.

Experts believe that if African countries  can take advantage of its vast land and water resources, tap into new technologies, adopt the best agricultural practices and tap into its rich human resource, it can feed itself and become a key supplier of agricultural produce to the rest of the World.

At the Africa Future Food Summit, you will hear from influential business leaders, multinational and regional corporates, government agencies, non-profits and academic/research institutions on the latest technologies, ideas and concepts that will enable African countries mainstream regenerative agricultural practices and boost agricultural production and within its borders for local, regional and international markets

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Food Sustainability, Nutrition & Security

The Ukraine-Russia war, conflicts and military coups and the lingering negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to have negative effects on food security and sustainability in Africa.

Food imports into is set to surpass US$100 billion by 2030, if adequate measures to enhance local production of such basics as meat, milk, grains, legumes, oilseeds, fruits and vegetables are not taken to address the production gaps and facilitate food storage, processing and packaging to serve the population.

Africa faces a bleak future in its ability to feed its fast growing, rapidly urbanising and increasingly young, population, which is set to hit 1.7 billion in 2030, with further increases to 2.5 billion by 2050.

To make it worse, some of the countries which are projected to have the highest populations and high rates of urbanisation in future such as Nigeria, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Egypt, DRC and many others are also the most food insecure, relying on vast quantities of food imports from overseas. However, these countries are not the only ones facing a growing gap in food security due to their population explosion and rising demand for food – both fresh and packaged – in Africa.

The 2023 Global Nutrition Report paints a poor picture of African countries shows patchy conformance in child mortality, child stunting, birth weight and child wasting across the board, with onluy a few countries on track to meet set nutritional targets.

And to make it worse, African countries face huge challenges in availing nutritious and safe food products to their populations – be they rural dwellers or newly rich urban inhabitants.

At the Africa Future Food Summit, you will discover the initiatives that will enhance Africa’s food and agriculture sector resilience to climate change, improve food security and mainstream sustainability and reduce food loss and waste

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Food Innovation

Peering into the future to define the types of food that will be consumed in Africa in 2050 is a tough task.

However, it is clear that the Continent will evolve its food choices depending on the changing connections with the rest of the World and the increasing need for more convenient and packaged food products, especially as young Gen Z consumers take over as the major buyers and consumers of food.

The Continent’s food of the future will require the adoption of new innovations in food formulation and recipe development that will change the entire landscape of what food is across Africa – with some of the innovations such as plant-based foods and bioengineered foods probably becoming common – if they survive the unforeseen changes and disruptions coming our way in the next two devades!!

At the Africa Future Food Summit, you will meet start-ups, medium and large food and agro companies as they showcase their new innovations that are at the cutting edge of the future.

You will also meet and learn from change makers at the centre of defining the future of food innovation in Africa and the the foods that the growing population in Africa will be consuming in the future

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Food Technology

The future of the food and agriculture industry in Africa is in dire need of the injection of new technologies to enable the Continent to meet the evolving and increasing demand for more affordable, nutritious and safe food 

From regular technologies of growing and cultivating food, to new food storage, processing, packaging and distribution, to new technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics and digitalisation of supply chains, the Continent is in dire need of the appropriate technologies to power its present and criticall, its future.

At the Africa Future Food Summit, you will meet and network with some of the companies that offer the latest technologies that are vital for facilitating the advancement in Africa’s food and agriculture industry transformation.

You will also discover the futuristic concepts that will enable the transformation of Africa’s agriculture and food value chains to avail food products to a largely urban population into the future

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Food Markets, Trade & Logistics

Africa’s vast land mass, poor infrastructure and a myriad of trade barriers, both tariff and non-tariff, have led to low volumes of traded agricultural and packaged food products between countries and regions in Africa.

While it is appreciable that Africa exports vast quantities of agricultural raw materials such as coffee, tea, cocoa, fruits and vegetables and other food products especially to Europe, Americas and Asia, legacy issues hamper pan-African trade in agricultural goods – hampering the opportunities to process and package these same commodities for local, regional and global markets.

And despite increasing demand for these commodities and packaged food products in Africa, the challenges with regional trade  in Africa remain, with poor logistical infrastructure and lack of coordination hindering trade within Africa.

At the Africa Future Food Summit, you will gain new insights into the opportunities and challenges of availing Africa’s abundant agricultural produce and packaged food products to local, regional and global markets.

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Investing & Funding Food Businesses and Agriculture Value Chains

Africa’s growing population, increasing urbanisation and incredible changes in food habits – including the need for affordable, nutritious and convenient foods – offers new opportunities for entrepreneurship to thrive in Africa.

However, despite these opportunities, the gap in financing for start-ups and established businesses to cater for the rising demand for agricultural produce and processed and packaged foods, is increasing by the day – be it funding from individuals, families, financial service providers, private equity, venture capital, grants or angel investors.

At the Africa Future Food Summit, you will discover the initiatives and programs that shall help provide Africa’s food and agriculture sector value chain actors with access new sources of financing and the investments that will ensure that entrepreneurs in Africa can grow, store, process, pack and distribute food products to feed its rapidly growing and urbanising population.

 

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Specials at the Summit

HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE

EXHIBITION HALL

BUSINESS NETWORKING

AWARDS CEREMONY

The Program

The Program at the Africa Future Food Summit will consist of the following activities:

HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE

Learn, network and discover the most inspiring ideas on the future of the food and agro industry in Africa at the daily conference sessions addressed by change makers from Africa and beyond . . .

EXHIBITION HALL

Discover the latest technologies and ideas you can adopt for your business at the Expo Hall, which will bring together global giants, regional leaders and local leading enterprises and start-ups.

NETWORKING & FUN

Grab the opportunity to see sustainable food systems in action at one of the field visits around Nairobi. The specific locations will be announced in due course