Insights global shea conference 2019

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
  • 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.

Ghana missing you already!

xox Sandra

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