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Impact of Covid-19 on agri-food trade in sub-Saharan Africa conference to be held on July 28

The African Agri Council is set to host a virtual conference on July 28 to discuss pertinent issues in Agric sector with a key focus on the impact of COVID-19 on the Agri-food trade in Sub-Sarahan Africa.

The upcoming sessions will focus on various tools and measures necessary to reduce and manage disruptions in food and agri supply and value chains as well as explore how to navigate the investment landscape during these unprecedented times.

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This virtual event features case study presenters who are going to discuss how their agri-food business sectors are adjusting practices and policies to successfully meet the challenges created by the pandemic.

A Ghanaian-UK based publisher Jon Offei-Ansah is expected to deliver the opening remarks at a virtual conference.

According to the Project Director of the Cape Town, South Africa-based Agri-Council, Wendy De La Harpe, organizers of the conference, as the Covid-19 outbreak continues, a contraction in both the supply and demand for agricultural products and disruptions in trade and logistics are radically exacerbating food insecurity in Africa.

“Governments have responded to Covid-19 by implementing a raft of containment measures including stricter border controls. Ensuring the continued functioning of global and national food supply chains will be crucial in securing food supply and preventing a food crisis” she said.

The conference will focus on the themes below;

  • Covid-19 and trade in sub-Saharan Africa: Impacts and policy response
  • Markets – an extremely high-risk area
  • Facilitating the free movement of goods and services during the COVID-19 pandemic period
  • EAC Partner States adoption of the EAC Regional Electronic Cargo and Drivers Tracking System
  • A lesson on food safety for fresh produce markets
  • Curbing logjams and keeping the supply chain system going – new thinking is the order of the day
  • Impacts on freight forwarders and logistics operators
  • How market access-specialized platforms and marketplaces are facilitating the trend of more food and agro purchases moving online

She noted that “During these increasingly uncertain times, we recognize there is great responsibility in delivering critical information, accurate data and expert analysis to the food and agri community, and to play our part, the African Agri Council (AAC) is working on ways to keep our partners and network as informed and engaged as possible”.

Speakers at the conference, which will be chaired by Trudi Hartzenberg, Executive Director of Cape Town-based Trade Law Centre (Tralac), include Dr. Peter Mathuki, CEO/Executive Director, East African Business Council (EABC) and Jaco Oosthuizen, CEO of RSA Group

The conference is part of the AAC Spotlight Virtual Event Series that focuses on specific issues facing the Agribusiness industry.

By Amos Ekow Coffie |

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