AFMA executive director presents at World Nutrition Forum

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De Wet and Ester Boshoff at the World Nutrition Forum welcome function in Cape Town.

AFMA executive director De Wet Boshoff presented a paper on the Development of the African feed industry at the BIOMIN World Nutrition Forum 2018 (WNF), hosted at the CTICC in Cape Town from 3 October 5 October 2018.

Boshoff said according to estimates, a quarter of the world’s population will be living on the African continent by 2050. The question is if the continent will be able to feed its own nation, specifically with some African nations having the lowest per capita income per annum and in some cases having to spend over 50% of their disposable income on food and food products.

Boshoff further focussed on African and East African feed producing nations, with reference to the Southern African Feed Manufacturers’ Association (SAFMA) project, that was started by AFMA in 2013, envisaging a country feed association in every SADC member state.

Principles and purpose behind SAFMA:

  • Better structured, coordinated, and informed industry
  • Bringing the different feed legislations closer to equivalence
  • Promoting training, skills development, and feed safety amongst all members
  • Uplifting the internationally accepted manufacturing practices amongst all members
  • Improvement in cooperation within the region to secure food safety and food security for all

Boshoff said the first SAFMA pilot project was the Tanzanian Animal Feed Manufacturers’ Association (TAFMA), that is now fully functional. The next country in line is Zambia where the Zambian Animal Feed Manufacturers’ Association (ZAFMA) will be established if local role-players are willing to cooperate. –AFMA newsletter