About Food Industry
Food processing is a significant driver of local economies, creating supplier linkages for millions of small-scale farmers and helping elevate rural incomes across East. As population and urbanization rates rapidly increase across the region while hundreds of millions of people continue to face food insecurity, the demand for food has never been greater.
Government sectors & other food & Health organization aimed to increase the competitiveness of the African food processing sector and expand the availability of affordable and nutritious foods.
The main theme of the exhibition is “Ensure Sustainable Food Systems and Improved Nutrition with Technology”. The theme is aligned to the Government’s Big 4 Agenda Initiative with specific focus on two of the four pillars i.e. Food & Nutrition Security; to drive smallholder productivity, reduce the cost of food and enhance large scale farming and Manufacturing; specifically, the Agro- Processing where the government intends to generate over $200 Million annually in value additions.
The theme also focuses on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders in 2015, to embody a roadmap for progress that is sustainable and leaves no one behind.
Africa’s food processing industry holds huge potential for growth: by 2040, it is anticipated that the value of food purchased in East And Southern Africa will grow seven-fold. When equipped with the technical and business skills in food processing best practices, such as manufacturing, food safety, packaging, marketing, budgeting and planning, as well as increased access to inputs, new markets and finance, growing processors can play a significant role in providing for the region’s food needs.