AGENDA 3

Compliance & Management Systems

The lack of compliance to food safety norms, practices and standards remain Africa’s biggest challenge, hindering the realisation of the full potential of the region’s agriculture, food security and exports potential.

The Continent faces a world that has placed high priority on conformance to international standards and quality, safety, environmental, labour, sustainability, and a myriad of other systems that must be conformed to in order to meet increasingly stringent and complicated requirements to access local, regional and international markets. 

Some of the important and critical conformance standards include:

  • ISO standards
  • FSSC 22000
  • HACCP
  • SQF
  • BRC
  • EUREPGAP/GLOBALGAP
  • SEDEX
  • International Labour Standards (ILS)
  • Fairtrade
  • IFS
  • Organic
  • 4Cs
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Environmental standards
  • Statutory and legal compliance

The Africa Food Safety & Quality Summit provides the platform to engage with various stakeholders within the agriculture, food and pharmaceutical value chain on the best approaches to mainstream conformity to these local, regional and international requirements and how businesses can derive the best out of implementing these requirements in their businesses.

Critical Issues in Compliance & Systems Management in Africa

How do we enable small and medium enterprises in Africa to adopt the right compliance and systems management tools? What are the tools we can use to ensure businesses derive the most benefits out of implementing compliance and systems management tools?
How do we lower compliance costs to small and medium businesses in Africa with a view to enabling them to adopt these tools with ease? How do we lower the costs of training and auditing that are geared towards compliance and systems management?
What is the role of the government and other stakeholders including NGOs, development organisations in building the compliance and systems capacity of businesses in Africa? How can private-public partnerships help in this regard?