The annual international shea conference took place from 11 to 13 March 2019. Yes, there is such a thing as a shea conference 🙂 Representatives of the shea food and cosmetics industry from Burkina Faso, Benin, Uganda, UK, Mali, USA, Nigeria and Ghana – to name a few – attended.
The three-day program was almost continuously planned with many exciting panel sessions, workshops, discussions and small business trainings. Parallel to the event a shea exhibition took place. Brands, logistics companies and NGOs presented their products and services.
To give you an idea of what a conference like this is about, here is a brief insight into a few program points:
- Shea Butter: A High Potential Ingredient for the Food Industry
- Demand Trends in the Confectionary Industry
- New Product Launches in the Global Cosmetic Market
- From Farm to Shelf: Delivering Handcrafted Butter to the Consumer
- Innovations in Marketing: Reaching Consumers with the Shea Story
- From Shea Women Collectors to the World
- Understanding Value Addition in Africa
- Managing Export Risks
- Supply Chain Analysis: Lifecycle Assessment
- Climate Change Adaptation in the African Shea Savannah
- Building Resilient Landscapes and Livelihoods
- New Techniques for Tree Planting
- Lessons Learnt in Tree Planting
- Promoting Environmental Protection through Indigenous Knowledge
- Ensuring Shea Traceability from Savannah to Warehouse: Mobile GPS Tracking
They were very enriching days for me and shea yeah. I already know a lot about shea butter from my intensive work with this raw material over the past 3 years. But at the conference I learned a lot of new things. I received answers to open questions. Especially on topics which are very close to my heart but in which I am not an expert, such as sustainability (treeplanting, roasting alternatives, etc.), I was brought closer.
We will report in more detail on certain topics here at a later date.
Ghana missing you already.