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The Agro-Processing Compliance & Trade World Forum – UK
Mayfair, London 28-29 May 2015
The Agro Processing Compliance & Trade World Forum is an international forum for world-class agro-processing, agro-trade companies; key Ministers of Agriculture, Trade, Chief Executives, leading Managers, Quality Control and Agric-Trade experts globally.
The forum is attended by participants composed of Chief Executives of Agro Processing Companies, Government policy makers, machinery manufacturers and experts, resources persons from all over the world.
The meeting addresses several issues geared towards ensuring that local producers of processed food would be complaint in the agro processing food chain, taking into consideration pertinent issues that would allow their products to be accepted on the international market
2015 THEME :Agro Processing Compliance: A catalyst for national prosperity: Becoming competitive domestically, regionally and globally.
Boosting local production
Sustaining economic growth and development
Rapid socio-economic transformation
Compliance- Major tools for increasing and ensuring food safety, quality, public health and food security
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: The Growth & Impact of Women in Agriculture
Preventing and Remediating Child Labour in the Agro-Processing Supply Chains: Context,
Challenges & Social-Economic Impacts
Increasing exports, earning more and fighting poverty through compliance.
Up-to-date knowledge of compliance requirements for agro-processing.
Poverty alleviation and self-sufficiency through agro processing compliance.
Quality seeds through seeds selection as planting material.
Good agricultural practices and traceability.
Reducing post-harvest losses and waste.
Adopting appropriate agro processing technologies.
Marketing strategies- proper packaging, transportation, storage and preservation.
High yields, low cost products
Climate change adaptation for raw material production.
ICT in agriculture – empowering decision making, compliance, processing, and trade
Innovative ICT in agribusiness
Making e-Agriculture and m-Agriculture technology robust and accessible;
Climate and sanitation: The influences of global warming
Removal of barriers and enhancement of market access: barriers to African external trade
Impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) policies on African agriculture commodities
Many developing countries are ill equipped to take advantage of the opportunities provided by trade. Weak infrastructure, lack of capacity and the inability to meet technical product specifications and stringent requirements in terms of quality, safety, health and the environment impede their integration into global markets and even within their own countries.
They need to enhance compliance with technical standards to heighten consumer confidence and gain access to regional and global value chains, especially those of transnational corporations. In the rules-based trading system, the agro-food sector provides immediate opportunities as many developing countries have good climatic conditions, available arable land and a sufficient pool of labor to expand agricultural production.
Recent health concerns arising from bovine diseases, bird flu and various toxins entering the food chain have led to stringent standards and conformity procedures, particularly in the area of agro-food exports.
Exporting countries must acquire the capability to conform to requirements in terms of quality, safety, health and the environment if they are to participate fully in global markets.