Since it’s first edition, the African Diaspora Agrofood Forum focused on bringing together individuals, businesses, and organizations from the African diaspora and the agrofood industry.
As the profile of the forum has grown over the years, we have worked hard to provide a long term vision of African diaspora entrepreneurship and compelling reasons why entrepreneurs in the agrofood sector should consider participating and exhibiting at such a forum.
There are many benefits to be gained from participating and exhibiting at this 7th edition of the forum, for members of the African diaspora and their partners.
- Markets Access and Business Opportunities: The forum provides a unique platform to connect with potential partners, customers, and investors within the agrofood sector. Being at the event can open doors to new markets and business opportunities, especially in Europe and also Africa where the agrofood sector holds significant growth potential.
- Networking and Collaboration: Participating and exhibiting at the forum allows entrepreneurs to network with others active in the agrifood sector. These connections can lead to valuable collaborations, knowledge sharing, and access to industry insights.
- Showcasing Innovations: For entrepreneurs with innovative agrifood products or services, exhibiting at the forum will enable them to showcase their work to a relevant and engaged audience. This exposure can help generate interest and brand recognition.
- Access to the African Diaspora Community: The forum is specifically targeted towards the African diaspora in Europe, which presents an opportunity for entrepreneurs to engage with this influential community. This audience have a keen interest in development and entrepreneurial projects in Africa. Thus investing in or supporting businesses that have a positive impact on Africa's agrofood sector will be of interest.
- Learning and Professional Development: During the two days of exhibition there will be side events including panel discussions, workshops, and presentations from industry and development experts. Exhibitors can attend these sessions to gain valuable insights, knowledge, and skills that can benefit their businesses.
- Brand Visibility and Publicity: Exhibiting at the forum can increase the visibility of an entrepreneur’s brand, products and services. All exhibitors will be include in brochure which will be widely shared in our network and also by our partners.
Picture taken at the meeting in Accra between the Food Bridge vzw, GES New Horizon Ltd and the Ghana Export Promotion Council
The Food Bridge vzw in collaboration with Sankaa vzw, GES New Horizon Limited and local partners, were on a study trip to Ghana from 30th March to 11th of April 2023. The aims of this study trip were threefold;
- Implementation of new diaspora led initiatives including the Food Heritage Project Ghana
- The Accra Youth Innovation and Business Summit (AYIBS23), which is a project co-created by diaspora organizations in Europe and local partners in Ghana
- Mapping successful projects in Ghana,implemented or facilitated by African diasporas in Europe
The economic contribution of African Diasporas to the socio-economic development of the continent, has always been part of the migration narrative. Thus African diasporas have an interest and play important roles in the political, economic and socio-cultural development of Africa.
The Food Bridge vzw is one of the many African Diaspora led organizations and companies in Europe, that has development and socio-cultural projects in Africa. Like most organizations, we collaborate with partners in Europe and Africa, to achieve the set goals for the benefit of African communities. The study trip to Ghana was insightful and motivating. We embarked on different activities and actions to discover the available potentials and challenges too.
The first activity during the trip, was the implementation of our Food Heritage project in the lower Manga Krobo area of eastern region of Ghana. This follows the existing project in Nigeria. Initial consultations in Ghana began in 2021, but the project finally started in 2023. The aims of the project are still the same; to safeguard the African indigenous food heritage, promote conservation of endangered or rare food crops and plants, finally facilitate access to premium markets.
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