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Special Fruit creates platform for development of agro chain in Africa

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Monday, 07 March 2016

Special Fruit creates platform for development of agro chain in Africa

Belgian players from the private sector and the civil society are bundling their powers for a sustainable and inclusive development of the agro food chains in Africa. African agriculture is being confronted with a double challenge: it has to feed its population and contribute to the eradication of poverty combined with realising promising job opportunities for an entire generation. In this context it is the family agriculture and the small and medium sized businesses that feel the most effect of this. To be able to fully play their role they especially need support in strengthening the skills of their human capital, access to sources of finance, the organisation of production powers and logistic and health infrastructure. Creating sustainable and inclusive agro food supply chain in Africa that supply to both the local and international markets is a vision that is shared by many Belgian players in the private sector and the civil society. On the initiative of François Maes, founder of the Belgian company 'Special Fruit'a platform for discussion and dialogue was started between the non governmental organisation VECO, Exchange unions, CLOEACP, Ondernemers voor ondernemers, the shopping chain Colruyt, KU Leuven and the investment companies with social impact Durabilis and Kampani. The combination of expertise and the respective areas of action of these organisations will allow them to step in in a complimentary way to the limits that producers and leaders of African companies are faced with.

Source: Fresh Plaza