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Organisers: Malabo Montpellier Panel, AKADEMIYA2063, PARI/Center for Development Research (ZEF) and Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)

The post-harvest segments of African food systems hold great potential for income and employment generation, but much of that remains untapped. The ingredients for expanding these segments can be found in many African countries , including a large youth population that will enter the labour market in the coming decades, a vibrant SME sector operating in agricultural value chains (the ‘hidden middle’) and natural resources suitable for agricultural production to generate the required input into processing and retail. This event discussed what innovations, investments and policies are needed to boost the performance of Africa’s food and agriculture sectors beyond production, including to add value through food processing, reduce post-harvest losses, increase supply-chain efficiencies and foster competitive integration in local and global markets. The focus was on how to achieve an equitable transformation that benefits African small-scale producers and SMEs while ensuring their resilience in the face of current and future global crises and related supply-side shocks.


Moderator: Ousmane Badiane, Executive Chairperson, AKADEMIYA2063 and Co-Chair of the Malabo Montpellier Panel


  • Dr. Heike Baumüller, PARI Coordinator and Senior Researcher, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn
  • Dr. Getaw Tadesse, Director – Operational Support, AKADEMIYA2063

Incl. presentation of the book “From Potential to Reality: Transforming Africa’s Food Production

Panel discussion:

  • Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  • Eng. Dr. Dorothy Okello, Dean, School of Engineering at Makerere University, Uganda and Malabo Montpellier Panel
  • Victoria Sabula, Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund
  • Ishmael Sunga, CEO, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions and Malabo Montpellier Panel
  • Alex van de Langenberg, COO, Hollanda Fair Foods Ltd.
  • Birasa Nyamulinda, CEO Gako Meat Company
Dr. Ousmane Badiane, Executive Chairperson AKADEMIYA2063 and Malabo Monpellier Panel Co-Chair