The second edition of Poultry Africa will be taking place from 2 to 3 October 2019. The expo is designed especially for the poultry meat and egg sectors of countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Also confirmed by the organising team at VIV Worldwide, is that this business-oriented biennial event is returning to Kigali in Rwanda, as a direct result of the highly positive feedback received from exhibitors and visitors at the 2017 edition.

Once again, a vital element in the schedule will be the Leadership Conference, bringing world-class speakers to share their expertise on global and regional topics. But the 2019 Leadership Conference represents a change from two years ago. Instead of coinciding with the days of the expo, the Leadership Conference this time has its own separate time-slot on 1 October.

A bigger expo

Poultry Africa is a boutique-style concept from the organisers of the renowned VIV feed-to-food shows around the world. Its core objective is to present high-quality networking and trade opportunities, hassle-free, at minimum cost for suppliers and buyers.

According to Poultry Africa manager, Diána Tóth, the version lined up for October 2019 looks likely to be bigger than before. It is on course to achieve a 30% growth in exhibitor numbers compared with 2017.

A preliminary list of exhibitors prepared at the start of the year, reads like a directory of major international suppliers of products and services for poultry enterprises. They include companies from Africa as well as Asia, Europe and North America.  

“I am delighted to report that we are continuing to add African exhibitors to that early list,” Diána comments. “One of the most recent additions is a supplier from Mauritius.

“However, I think one of the main points about the expo at Poultry Africa 2019 is that it will contain not only new exhibitors, but also a wider variety of products and services. As two examples of this, the stands this time will include more manufacturers and distributors of systems for slaughtering and processing poultry, and more companies offering animal health products.”

Ideal location

As before, the event – comprising both the expo and the Leadership Conference –takes place in the modern and professional facilities of the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda’s capital city.

“Our first edition demonstrated beyond any doubt that Rwanda was the right choice for location,” says Diána. “It is politically stable and a safe, neutral place to visit, as well as being at the geographic centre of our primary focus countries in Eastern, Western and Southern Africa and having direct flights from and to all parts of the region.”

The relatively small size of the poultry business in Rwanda itself is therefore outweighed by the country’s position in a part of the world that has enormous potential for further increasing its production of chicken and eggs. On latest estimates, the countries of West and East Africa together produce almost 2 million metric tons of poultry meat and 27 billion eggs per year, with some forecasters expecting up to a 10% increase in output by 2025.

A distinct conference

One of the successes of Poultry Africa 2017 was its inclusion of a Leadership Conference – in effect, a regional summit that looked specifically at important issues affecting the poultry markets of sub-Saharan Africa with a panel of speakers drawn from within the region and global authorities.

So a second Leadership Conference along similar lines is most definitely a core part of programming for Poultry Africa 2019, with the important change this time that it is being held on the day before the expo opens. The 2017 schedule had the conference coinciding with the trade show, Diána Tóth notes. Staging the conference before the show in 2019 means that visitors can make the most of the knowledge sessions on offer while also having the maximum opportunity to network with the exhibitors during the expo.

Profitable poultry production

The Leadership Conference on 1 October will consist of four sessions on profitable poultry production in Africa. After an economic overview on the Sub-Saharan region, the retail and digital aspects of the poultry business will be covered by the second session of the conference, followed by a presentation on the importance of animal protein in nutrition and of investing in poultry protein in Africa.

Practical insights will close the one-day programme. The Leadership Conference will be held at the Kigali Convention Centre, in room AD12, and will host key international speakers from the world and from Africa. The price includes all sessions, coffee breaks, lunch, and a networking cocktail.

Details of the 2019 Leadership Conference will appear soon on the event’s website, www.poultryafrica2019.com.

Expo and technical seminars

According to the organisers, 100% of the exhibitors’ line-up for Poultry Africa 2019 has already been confirmed. More than 100 companies are exhibiting at the 2019 edition. With an increase of 30% in number of exhibiting companies, the event aims at presenting an even wider selection of feed to food suppliers in poultry and eggs covering feed, crop-tech and feed-tech, feed ingredients and additives, animal health, breeding and hatching, farm production and equipment, poultry and eggs processing and handling.

Among the African exhibitors that already signed for the event, Poultry Africa will showcase Abusol Ltd, AGCO South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Agrotech Ltd, Avipro East Africa Ltd, Urban Farmer, Essential Drugs Ltd, ME VAC and Vetcare Africa. Approximately 50% of the exhibitors are from Europe, including key suppliers especially in the animal health, farm production and feed ingredients and additives sectors. India, Turkey, China and Southeast Asia will also be exhibiting at Poultry Africa 2019.

Visitors will not only be able to meet professionals at their booths, but also attend the experts’ Technical Best Practice Seminars. Some of the interesting topics addressed by these sessions are heat stress, sustainability, AGP-free food, poultry health and women in poultry business.

While the expo takes place in the Kigali Convention Centre, rooms MH 1-2-3-4, the Technical Best Practice Seminars will be hosted in AD rooms, adjacent to the expo’s MH rooms. Both the expo and seminars are held from 2 to 3 October 2019 and entrance is FREE OF CHARGE upon registration: a unique opportunity and 360-degree experience for African professionals to expend the network internationally and learn about practical solutions tailor-made for the African poultry industry.

Growing attendance

Online pre-registration for everyone intending to visit Poultry Africa 2019 will open on its own website and on www.viv.net, three months before the event.

“The arguments in favour of coming to the event are clear,” Diána comments. “We look forward to welcoming you to Kigali with a compact package, offering a great opportunity to network with other poultry leaders from Africa and with distinguished international suppliers. This concept is a very cost-effective investment in meeting sub-Saharan Africa’s top poultry professionals.”

Register in two minutes on the official website

Poultry Africa is a B2B event, reserved to industry professionals. Free registration is now available on the official website www.poultryafrica2019.com/register/ and it takes only two minutes. Once registered visitors receive a personal free entry badge as well as updates about the show. The same registration link provides the possibility to also choose and register for the $99 program scheduled one day ahead of the Expo – the Leadership Conference. 

Early registration grant visitors the possibility to secure a seat and efficiently prepare for the sessions most interesting for their business development.

For more information please contact Diána Tóth, event manager Poultry Africa, by emailing diana.toth@vnuexhibitions.com or phoning +31 6 12957096.