3rd All Africa PostHarvest Congress and Exhibition (AAPHCE), September 13-17,2021, Africa Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Friday, July 1, 2022

CALL FOR VIRTUAL EXIBITIONS

3RD ALL AFRICA POSTHARVEST CONGRESS AND EXHIBITION

Theme: Postharvest Loss Reduction for Sustainable Food Systems

DATE: 13TH TO 16TH SEPTEMBER 2021

A VIRTUAL EVENT HOSTED BY THE AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION

A call to Exhibit

The Africa Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with a consortium of research/academic institutions, development partners, civil society and private sector organizations are organizing the 3rd All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition (3rd AAPHCE). The Congress which is a fully virtual convening will be held on 13th – 16th September 2021. A key aspect of the AAPHCE is exhibitions to showcase innovative technologies, practices, and tools for postharvest food loss/waste reduction. As a virtual congress 3rd AAPHCE 2021 will offer exhibitors great opportunities to promote and showcase their latest products, services, innovations and technologies via virtual engagements with the congress participants. The exhibitions MUST be aligned to the Congress theme ‘Postharvest Loss Reduction for Sustainable Food Systems’. The exhibitions will be open to participants for the 4 days of the Congress.

A call to Exhibit

The 3rd AAPHCE is a follow up to the 2nd AAPHCE and 1st AAPHCE which were held in 2019 and 2017 respectively. The The AUC has now institutionalized the All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition as a biennial event that brings together diverse stakeholders including policy makers, private sector actors, development agencies, civil society, researchers, academics, farmers, processors to learn, share information, build networks and partnerships aimed at addressing the pertinent issue of postharvest loss reduction in the African context. The specific objectives of the 3rd AAPHCE include:

1) Raise awareness about food losses and waste as a problem contributing to unsustainable food systems;

2) Demonstrate the importance of good postharvest management and food loss/waste reduction in line with the continental/global challenges and agenda;

3) Showcase effective policy interventions, strategies, technologies, practices, investment/ business opportunities towards postharvest food loss/waste reduction;

4) Monitor and review progress by AU Member states on postharvest loss reduction initiatives to achieve the set targets under the Malabo Declaration (2014);

5) Build and strengthen linkages and partnerships (including private sector engagement) for resourcing food loss and waste reduction initiatives.

To realize these objectives, the congress theme has been unpacked into the following subthemes:
1. Causes, Extent and Impact of food loss and waste (FLW) – the metrics (data) and tools for FLW measurement.

2. Saving Africa’s harvest during and post COVID-19 Pandemic – lessons learnt, opportunities to strategize for future natural disasters and pandemics.

3. Innovative technologies, tools, practices and training/capacity building to reduce postharvest losses (quantitative and qualitative) in food supply chains.

4. Trade, business and economic transformation opportunities in postharvest solutions.

5. Financing postharvest loss reduction initiatives; Business Cases/ Models in postharvest loss reduction; Innovative financing mechanisms for upscaling postharvest interventions.

6. Enabling policies, effective national/regional strategies, experience sharing, Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA).

Why Exhibit?

• Increase awareness of the organization’s activities, products and services

• Extend audience reach the organization’s activities, products and services

• Increase visibility to the global audience

Exhibition Fees

• A fee of USD 500 will charged for all accepted exhibitions

Virtual Exhibition Package - Benefits

• Virtual exhibitor booth with company profile, booth staff details, video conferencing

• Company logo and profile on congress website

• Company logo and virtual booth banner on exhibitor portal

• Description of organization – videos, banners and links in exhibitor portal

• Access to and interactions with all congress participants (virtual meeting, scheduled chat times)

• Display of products/services throughout the 4 days of the congress.

• Appointment schedule (exhibitors will have a chance to schedule one to one meeting with participants)

• Exhibitors can add booth staff to cater for participant queries

• Attendee hub engagement report will be provided at the end of the congress

Virtual Exhibition Application Details

All the exhibitors will be required to fill and submit a virtual exhibition application form available at https://cvent.me/qMgP0M The exhibitor portal link and exhibitor guide will be sent to exhibitors by email once the full payment has been received and the exhibition approved.