Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Highlight: Rise of the African Consumer Class and its impact on African Food Systems

The Modernizing African Food System Consortium (MAFS)
aims to help African agricultural education and training (AET) institutions develop the technical skills and institutional capacity required to modernize African food systems.

Activities and Outputs: 
Collaborative teams from four major agricultural universities have produced a series of empirical background studies that provide evidence necessary for informing capacity development efforts in African AET institutions.

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Key Publications and Presentations:
Consumers with greater choices are also likely to change their shopping venue from traditional markets to retailers. The current rapid development of retail markets in Africa is in response to a bigger market with increased buying power. Although the transformation in the retail sector is happening rapidly, currently 90% of all food sold in Africa is still bought in traditional markets. The question arises whether the robust development of the retail sector will make the traditional African market obsolete. Projections have shown that this is not likely to be the case but that the prevalence of traditional markets will decrease from the currently handling 90% of food sold to around 65%.
Related Publications and Presentation by Consortium Member Scholars

Call for Submissions: 
The Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies (JADEE) is requesting original contributions for a special issue entitled “Modernizing Africa Food Systems: Implications for Agricultural Education and Training (AET) in Africa”.

MAFS Seed Funding: International Fund for Agricultural Development

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