Taking Stock of Africa’s Agrifood Processing Sector

By International Food Policy Research Institute

Taking Stock of Africa’s Agrifood Processing Sector

📅 9 February 2023  🕑 8:00 TO 9:30AM EST

A high-performing, resilient, and competitive agri-food processing sector can create remunerative employment opportunities, link producers to growing and lucrative urban markets, and help to ensure that consumers have access to sufficient and healthy food.

Africa’s food processing sector is growing in response to the growing demand for processed and high-value foods in the continent. However, processing firms, many of them small and informal enterprises, still face serious constraints.

The 2022 Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR) examines Africa’s agrifood processing sector and its role in sustainable food systems on the continent. The report examines available evidence on the current status and performance of the sector, discusses key challenges, and identifies required policy actions to maximize its contribution to achieving sustainable food systems for all.

In this seminar where key research findings and policy recommendations of the 2022 ATOR will be presented and discussed by a distinguished panel of representatives from academia, the private sector, and international and regional organizations engaged in strengthening Africa’s agri-food processing sector.