Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Africa generates 100 million metric tonnes of food yearly, equivalent to $4bn, which could feed 44 million people (Gabon, Botswana, Gambia, Namibia, Eritrea, Mauritania, Congo, Liberia and Gambia combined). 30-40% of this yield never makes it to the consumer due to post-harvest food loss/waste during the procurement, transportation and distribution process.
Our panel will offer insights on how and why the agritech sector is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Africa, agriculture's contributions to socio-economic growth and most importantly emerging trends in Africa's food industry. We’ll be placing a spotlight on Africa food tech, highlighting challenges and budding solutions based on the experience of our panellists who are food entrepreneurs in Africa.
Our session will also share best practices on how Agri/food business owners can scale their businesses, secure investors, collaborate with stakeholders across the value chain and identify unexplored opportunities in the food-tech sector.
This session is hosted by Vend Easy Limited
Rationality ends Where HUNGER begins, so the saying goes. The violence and looting that followed the #EndSARS nationwide protest last year is quite instructive for Nigeria. There is hunger in the land, and there is poverty occasioned by lack of jobs, social welfare and opportunities for millions of young people in Nigeria. Agriculture will help Nigeria diversify the economy and create jobs and opportunities for the mass of unemployed youth as well as address the issues of hunger and malnutrition. Agriculture is the largest employer of labour in Africa though mostly involving smallholder engagement and characterised by low tech and inadequate investment. Climate change is an additional stressor to agriculture in Africa, thus making it imperative to promote climate smart agriculture and technology driven agricultural innovations.
This session will highlight innovative ideas and advocacy efforts to make food production and distribution sustainable, profitable and efficient. In addition, discussions will focus on the role of technology, youth engagement and government's policies and programs. We'll also look at early warning systems in building a resilient and fair food production and distribution system, as well as best practice in bridging the gap in climate information services.
This session is hosted by Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre)
People often go into the food business without the competence and structure to run it effectively. There is a lot of hit-and-miss when knowledge and skills are absent.
Our panel will share insights on how the restaurant and catering business works and ways to optimize operations. We will share best practices to enable food business owners to better achieve their business goals, maximize opportunities, effectively manage their finances and deliver first-rate customer service.
Attendees will leave this session informed on the basics of how to start up a food business (large and small scale), as well as a better understanding of the major challenges food business owners face and how to tackle them.
This Session is Hosted by RentaChefNG