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INTERNATIONAL –Kenya will next year host the inaugural Africa Food Show that will bring together policymakers, industry executives, farmers and consumers to learn about emerging trends in trade on agricultural commodities, organizers said Tuesday.

The premier event, which will take place in Nairobi from June 24 to 26 in 2020, will help showcase food products, processing and packaging technologies to investors as well as consumers.

"Africa Food Show will provide a platform for the next generation of entrepreneurs to gain better understanding of the market for agricultural commodities in the continent," said David Wang, chairman of MIE Groups, the event organizer.

Wang said that Kenya's strategic position as a logistics hub informed the decision to host the inaugural continent food summit that is expected to unlock opportunities for local farmers, processors and distributors.

"Kenya has modern infrastructure, policy support and growing foreign direct investments that are an incentive for hosting African Food Show and highlight untapped opportunities to global agricultural commodity traders," he said.

The inaugural Africa Food Show that will be held concurrently with China Trade Week is expected to position Kenya as an attractive investment destination for agro-processing.

Lucy Njenga, director of policy research and regulation in the ministry of agriculture, said the event will boost the government's food and nutritional security agenda.

"We are open to hosting an event that will provide an opportunity for farmers and investors to exchange knowledge on technologies and innovations that are key to promote food security and incomes through value addition," said Njenga.

She said that Kenya will leverage the Africa Food Show to attract additional investors in value chains such as storage, processing and distribution in order to lift the fortunes of smallholder farmers.

Fadi Kaddoura, vice president in charge of sales and marketing at MIE Groups said the Africa Food Show, that will feature exhibitions alongside the business to business meetings, is expected to raise visibility of the continent's major agricultural commodities like cereals, fresh produce, spices and nuts.

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