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Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the IFC 9th International Food Safety Forum has been postponed until the risk has subsided. We will update this site as soon as we identify the new date.

Thank you for your patience as we work out the details. We hope to see you at the IFC 9th International Food Safety Forum later this year.


For more than a decade, IFC has helped food companies in emerging markets participate in modern food value chains and protect consumer health through advisory programs for improving food safety practices. Our 9th International Food Safety Forum, which will be held in Nairobi for the first time, will bring together food producers and others in the agribusiness industry to explore issues, challenges, and opportunities around food safety, with a focus on how investing in food safety can help consumers and unlock new business opportunities.

We invite you to join us for two days of discussions, networking, and learning about this critical issue.

Why Attend

Food companies in Africa face numerous challenges. A strong and effective food safety system that identifies and controls risks is necessary for a sustainable business. In Kenya and other parts of Africa, it is export markets and consumers in the European Union and Asia that are the main drivers of food safety. IFC seeks to expand the market for food safety and to focus on solutions for ensuring similar food standards for domestic markets and consumers in Africa.


The stakes are high: Africans suffer the highest burden of food-borne disease worldwide, with an estimated 137,000 deaths and 91 million illnesses annually, according to a recent report from the Global Food Safety Partnership. This has huge economic ramifications on Africa’s economy, with estimated losses of up to $16.7 billion in annual productivity.


IFC’s 9th International Food Safety Forum will bring together more than 200 people across food safety, agribusiness and manufacturing, including food producers, tourism companies, retailers, business leaders, cold chain logistics providers, consumer organizations, and policymakers. Participants will have the opportunity to improve their understanding of food safety, learn from other companies and meet leading agribusiness players who are involved in food safety issues.


The theme of this year’s forum, Better Food Safety, Better Business, underscores the importance of private sector solutions to making food safe for consumers. Cutting across diverse sectors and geographies, effective food safety necessitates integrated solutions. Join us in Nairobi.

Key Themes

  1. How can public-private partnerships help support food safety and food security?
  2. Can governments effectively address food security without addressing food safety?
  3. What can be done to ensure food safety isn’t just for consumers in export markets?
  4. What is the business case for better food safety?
  5. What are the latest disruptive technologies helping African companies achieve better transparency and safer food?
  6. How can food companies encourage higher standards for suppliers?
  7. Does more nutritious food always mean safer food?
  8. How can better logistics improve food safety and reduce food losses?
  9. How can we improve food safety in the informal sector?


March 31, 2020—April 1, 2020
8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Forum Venue

Nairobi Serena Hotel

Kenyatta Avenue/Processional Way

Central Park, P O Box 46302

Nairobi, 100

For Registration

Registration Fees

Registration fees, include access to all sessions, networking coffees and lunches, as well as the conference cocktail reception.

  1. Early Bird fee: If registered by February 17, 2020 – $150**
  2. Registration: February 18 until March 30, 2020 – $250**
  3. Onsite: After March 31 – $500**

** Payments in USD will be collected by credit card during the registration process.

For Mpesa Payments:

Mpesa paybill number (Business no): 7013045

Account no: IFC-name of participant as appears on the registration form (First and Last Name).

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