What to expect over the one day conference
THEME 2019: MARKET ACCESS: FROM FARM GATE TO NEW FRONTIERS. Improved access to domestic, regional and global markets is critical for agriculture to become an important driver of job creation and economic growth. Thus, the 2019 Agribusiness Africa Conference, hosted by Farmer’s Weekly, will bring together top speakers and a range of stakeholders from across the agriculture, agribusiness and trade platforms to delve into the dynamics of trade between farm gate and domestic, regional and international markets.
SESSION 1: SETTING THE SCENE
As improved access to domestic, regional and global markets is critical for agriculture to become an important driver of job creation and economic growth, keynote speakers will contexualise and set the scene for the discussions that follow during this session.
SESSION 2: BARRIERS TO MORE EFFICIENT RURAL & DOMESTIC MARKETS
This session will focus on local market access. The themes discussed will include accessing local informal markets, as well as accessing the South African produce markets and retail sector. The session will also explore the barriers to establishing more efficient rural and domestic markets such as insecure property rights, weak financial services and poor infrastructure.
SESSION 3: BUILDING REGIONAL NETWORKS FOR IMPROVED MARKET ACCESS
There is still excellent growth potential in the food staples sector in many African countries. Not only can the area under production be increased, but the use of new technology and improved farming inputs and production practices can also help improve crop yields. However, productivity gains mean little without expanded access to markets. According to the African Development Bank, if local production and market access are not improved, food imports into Africa are expected to grow from US$35 billion (about R489 billion) per year in 2015, to over US$110 billion (R1,5 trillion) by 2025. This session thus focuses on solutions to strengthen value chain linkages and intra-African trade. The session will also provide an expert update on the progress made to implement the African Continental Free Trade Area.
SESSION 4: GETTING A BETTER DEAL FOR AFRICA IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE
This session will provide an analysis on how South Africa and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa are performing compared with their competitors in the Southern Hemisphere in terms of implementing trade agreements for agricultural produce, as well as in terms of product development with regard to changing consumer preferences. Speakers will provide insight into the dynamics that have delivered a sometimes-unequal playing field for African countries within the international agricultural trade environment.
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