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Opportunities in Agriculture Processing to meet Intra-Africa Demand
Resilient Africa Week
June 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm UTC+1
Resilient Africa Week 2020
The Resilient Africa Week is a week-long virtual gathering whereby stakeholders in private and public sector from a variety of industries and disciplines across Africa and Overseas, come together for solution-focused discussion and debate on Africa’s resilience in face of Challenges.
RAW 2020 event brings together some of the best African speakers and industry thought leaders who will share their best advice, lessons learned and strategies in spotting African opportunities during a Crisis. The virtual event would be based on “focused panel session implementation-style” where each panel session is a mini-event. Learn more about other panel session CLICK HERE
Panel Session Overview
Key Discussion Area
Before the global COVID-19 pandemic broke out, food insecurity was a serious concern throughout sub-Saharan Africa. These chronic food crises have been driven by a variety of factors, including economic shocks, climate, and conflict. In addition to the risks and vulnerability, COVID-19 poses other challenges. Border closures, lockdowns, and curfews intended to slow the spread of the disease are disrupting supply chains. These disruptions could have a much larger economic impact in Africa—where farming accounts for about 60 percent of total employment—than in other regions of the world.
Most African countries rely heavily on food imports which makes the region especially vulnerable to the export bans that a few major food exporters have imposed in the wake of COVID-19. As a result of COVID19 African countries are reporting shortages and price spikes for domestic food crops.
In light of this, it is critical that countries take the steps to build resilient, climate-smart, and competitive food systems. Projects like these can enable farmers to overcome temporary COVID-related constraints and ensure better targeting and more effective service delivery, especially in remote areas, over the long run. By taking action now, countries can build more resilient and productive food systems in sub-Saharan Africa that will support food security during the pandemic and beyond.
1.Identify and discuss how the pandemic/government lockdown has affected Agricultural processing in Africa
2.Discuss the financing mechanisms that would help Agricultural Processing in Africa
3.Discuss the requirements and concerns of farmers in both urban and rural areas
4.Discuss the configuration of future food systems, the need for current upgrades in Agricultural processes
5.Solutions and recommendations for a Post-COVID19 Era
Panel Session Supporting Partner
The Grow Africa partnership was founded jointly by the African Union (AU), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD Agency) and the World Economic Forum in 2011. Grow Africa works to increase private sector investment in agriculture, and accelerate the execution and impact of investment commitments. Grow Africa’s work is fully anchored within the national and continental policy architecture of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), which to improve food and nutrition security, and increase incomes in Africa’s largely farming-based economies. CAADP, which is a NEPAD Agency programme, aims to achieve this by raising agricultural productivity and increasing public and private investment in agriculture.
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