Agricultural production of major crops in Africa including maize, wheat, rice, potatoes, fruits and vegetables, spices etc face a myriad of challenges, chief of which is the low productivity of most of these crops.
Africa has failed to take advantage of the vast lands that remain unexploited adequately to feed its rising population due to low adoption of appropriate technology and other challenges.
However, poor quality produce and low adoption of food safety remain some of the biggest challenges faced by the Continent, as it seeks to feed its population while also increasing its focus on the regional and export markets. Further, lack of harmonised standards across Africa are also hindering the often talked about intra-African trade in various crop produce, including the most traded crops like grains.
The burden borne by African countries in such common issues including mycotoxins, including Aflatoxins, pesticide residues, microbial and physical contamination weigh heavily on the ability of the Continent to feed its population with safe food, while hampering the vast opportunity of regional and international trade.