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Policy and Investment Priorities to Drive a Vibrant Value-Added Food Economy in Africa

Value addition and food processing are critical for the growth of the African economy, yet several challenges limit its potential to unlock economic growth. Agriculture provides employment to more than 60% of the population in Africa and this will increase as more countries diversify their economies. According to the World Bank, the population of Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to double by 2050, hence productivity must increase to meet the food security needs of the growing population. Most households spend between 30-50% of their income on food, exacerbating food insecurity and poverty. Post-harvest losses are also a challenge. Depending on the value chain, between 10-40% of crops harvested in the region are lost before they get to consumers.