Panel discussion with Thomas Veith, Vladimir Mukada, Judith Helfmann-Hundack (moderator) and Ferdinand Schmitt (from left to right).
Photo: Rural 21

15.11.2018

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Building partnerships for higher sufficiency and efficiency in the dairy and meat sector in Africa was the aim of conference organised by the German-African Business Association in Hanover, Germany.

In November 2018, the German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft), in co-operation with the German Agribusiness Alliance and the German Agricultural Society (DLG), held the international conference entitled Dairy and meat potential in Africa: partnerships for higher sufficiency and efficiency. The event took place in the exhibition grounds in Hanover, Germany, as a pre-start of DLG’s livestock trade fair EuroTier 2018.

Africa is estimated to have the highest population growth rate until 2050. A growing population also implies transition, urbanisation and globalisation influencing people’s daily diets and pressure on the food and nutrition sector. The demand for dairy and meat commodities is expected to increase – but what about regional supply?

From 2030 to 2050, between one tenth and one fifth of the beef, pork, poultry and milk consumed in the continent will be coming from outside Africa. Ferdinand Schmitt, Managing Director, ADT Project Consulting GmbH, Germany, told the meeting that growth in demand was expected to push production.

But scarce natural resources meant that the amount of animals could not be increased to the same degree.

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