Markets are where food producers and consumers meet. They are a vital connection between our food and our planet. Markets are where food is traded and where ideas and cultures mix – but often markets do not work for producers and consumers. The climate emergency and the pandemic are highlighting that we need new approaches to the way food is processed, distributed and traded. In addition, we want to show how traditional and informal African markets are neglected and how strengthening them is a critical part of the transition to agroecology. This conference will lay out the challenges facing African markets, shape the markets we want to see in the future, and work out how to get there.
This event will be the first of its kind in delivery, content and participation, with thousands of people engaging across the discussions, competitions and celebrations.
The virtual Conference 27 – 29 October 2020
The conference will feature inspiring keynotes by acknowledged experts, lively panel discussions, interactive breakout groups, energising mistica, and stimulating side events on market-related topics. Together we will seek answers to the following questions.
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Understanding African markets and trends What are the most important
characteristics of African markets?
What are their strengths and weaknesses?
Looking to the future, what characteristics of African markets are needed to aid the transition to agroecology?
Shaping the future of markets for the transition to agroecology
What changes are needed to strengthen African markets for the transition to agroecology?
How can farmers’ and consumers’ rights be promoted and protected through African Markets?
What enables and hinders the expansion and success of African markets?
Changing policy towards markets for heathy food systems
How can we illustrate to key decision-makers that African markets are an integral part of resilient food systems?
Investing in African markets for the transition to agroecology – what is needed?
What should AFSA be focusing on in the next 5 years to strengthen agroecological markets?
Join us on this exciting journey into the future of African food systems.
Register here: https://bit.ly/afsaregister