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Together with ZEF and FARA, PARI organized a side-event at the online conference Cultivate Africa.

This session discussed how investments in innovations and related policies should be prioritized to enable Africa to increase food supplies from the use of its own resources and thereby improve the resilience of the African food system against pandemics and other shocks. In addition to boosting productivity at the production level, the session also evaluated options for increasing food supplies by reducing post-harvest losses, improving processing capacities and facilitating inclusive markets across Africa.


Chair: Dr. Felister Makini, Deputy Director General, Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation

Impacts of Covid-19 on the African food and beverage manufacturing industries: Insights from Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa
Dr. Heike Baumüller, ZEF

Targeting and scaling innovations to raise productivity in smallholder farming systems
Dr. Oluwole Fatunbi, FARA

Prioritizing investments in mechanization along the value chain to increase productivity, efficiencies and resilience
Dr. Oliver Kirui, ZEF

Building inclusive markets for income generation, resilience and food security
Dr. Getaw Tadesse, Akademiya2063