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Landmark Summit to reshape African grain trade policy

October 3, 2017

The 7th African Grain Trade Summit (AGTS), a biennial high-level grain industry conference attracting business influencers, policymakers and other critical stakeholders, is to be held from 5-7th October in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The summit is expected to be a landmark event to reshape grain trade policy in Africa.

The 7th AGTS has the theme "Setting New Horizons: Rethinking Grain Trade for Food Security and Prosperity in Africa." The event which will be hosted by the Eastern African Grain Council (EAGC) in partnership with the Government of Tanzania, seeks to facilitate reflection of the grain sector over the past decade and to develop a new vision and strategic plan for the transformation of the African grain sector. Three hundred delegates representing the sector from across Africa will convene to discuss the challenges that currently constrain the grain trade and inhibit achieving food security on the continent.

With Africa's population expected to reach 1.4 billion people by 2030, demand for food on the continent continues to grow rapidly and Africa's food market is expected to be worth € 0.85 trillion by 2030, up from the current €255 billion.

The high-level, multi-stakeholder event will be hosted in partnership with the Government of Tanzania and will be supported by the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (The Hub), The Swedish Development Agency (Sida), The UKAID Food Trade Eastern and Southern Africa (FTESA), and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).