From 2015, three of access2innovation’s focus areas are aqua culture, agribusiness and logistics, to which the whole value chain are of importance.
The justification of choosing areas within food security is due to the increasing demands by an increase in World population with a third by 2050, which will demand an optimisation of the global food production in the future that needs to increase by 70 percent by 2050.
The largest rise in food demand will be in Africa. The African market therefore presents a high potential both on a local and regional scale.
Africa has to play a key role in meeting the food demands because of the vast agricultural resources in the region: 50 percent of the World’s uncultivated arable land is found on the African continent.
At the same time, Africa is an important emerging market with GDP growth rates as high as 7 percent in Tanzania and 5.7 percent in Kenya (2013).
Throughout East Africa percentages are reaching an average of 5 percent, which further demonstrates the large potentials in these new economies. Agriculture employs 65 percent of the African labor force and accounts for 32 percent of the African GDP.
To meet the future demand, it will be crucial that agricultural production changes from the traditional low yield subsistence farming into commercial farming, which demand higher technological input - especially in post-harvest treatment.
This presents is a major challenge all over Africa, where 40 percent of food products are often wasted due to the humid and warm climate.
Post-harvest treatment is all about understanding the whole value chain and proper handling of the produce whether it be fish or vegetables all the way from the farmer to the supermarket or other buyers.
This poses challenges in respect to hygiene, volume, logistics, transport etc.
These challenges contain vast business potentials for Danish companies that possess the right know-how and products.