Through SIAL Paris African Food Summit, come explore and understand the emerging trends on the African continent in both gastronomy and product design, where innovation is taking root.

Africa at the forefront of agri-food innovation

Today, the African continent is challenging the global food scene. To showcase Africa's diversity and creativity through its African food Summit, SIAL Paris is inviting visitors to explore these emerging trends in both gastronomy and product design, where innovation is taking root.

Beyond their resilience in the face of climatic challenges and geopolitical conflicts, African alternatives could even represent coherent solutions for the world of tomorrow.

Surrounded by experts at the heart of these issues, SIAL will be highlighting not only the value of local products, but also the innovative solutions, processes and natural products that are redefining market standards.

Different ingredients from those you're used to, which are increasingly sought after by consumers. In short, don't miss our summit dedicated to the new challenger in the agri-food market: Africa!

Each Summit will be followed by a convivial and refreshing networking moment between speakers and participants.

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  • Agri-food: Employment and investment

Africa needs to create 30,000 jobs per million inhabitants every year to sustain its demographic growth. The agri-food sector faces a major challenge. Micro and small companies, which attract young people to rural manufacturing, urban distribution and catering, struggle to secure financing due to their size and number. How can we break through this barrier to meet employment and investment needs?

  • Food cultures: a heritage on the move

Is Africa losing its food culture to westernization and standardization? Consumption habits are changing with new distribution methods. However, the diversity of food practices in cities reveals a different reality. African cuisine, rich and varied, reinvents itself by drawing on local and external influences, reflecting the diversity of populations and the diaspora. How can this heritage resist uniformization?

  • Tomorrow is us!

A new generation of entrepreneurs is investing in the food industry. Often internationalized and well connected, they represent new perspectives for the food sector. They value local products, encourage solidarity and incarnate a modern "Afropolitanism". How will this generation define the food of tomorrow?

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Date and venue

Tuesday 22 October 2024

2 pm - 5 pm

SIAL Paris - Hall 5A – Paris Nord Villepinte

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Admission requirements

To access the African Food Summit, you must be in possession of:

  • a SIAL Paris badge
  • a pass for the African Food Summit
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You can buy:

  • The complete Summits pack: €160 incl. VAT
  • The African Food Summit pass: €80 incl. VAT
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"Bridging the gap between food science disciplines and supporting different stakeholders to deliver more sustainable food systems"

The UNESCO Chair in World Food Systems was founded in 2011 by Professor Jean-Louis Rastoin (Montpellier SupAgro) with a multidisciplinary group of teachers and researchers from various institutions of the Agropolis campus (Montpellier, France). It was accredited by UNESCO for a first 4-year cycle, and again in 2015 and 2019.

The Chair has consolidated a number of core commitments through its activities over the years:

  • Food is a major issue for societies and represents a vital link between humans and the environment. It is an essential component of human health and that of the planet, of their wellbeing and that of other living organisms, of social bonds and cultural identity building. Food is concurrently an economic, social, political and artistic activity.
  • Embedding societal issues in training and research is necessary to boost the relevance of these activities.
  • Scientific disciplines should interact and converse with other forms of knowledge (professional, artistic, etc.) and with citizens—thereby overcoming barriers to knowledge.


CIRAD is France's agricultural research and international cooperation organization for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions. With its partners, it co-constructs knowledge and solutions for resilient agricultures in a more sustainable and inclusive world. It mobilizes science, innovation and training to achieve sustainable development goals. It puts its expertise at the service of everyone, from producers to public policy-makers, to promote the protection of biodiversity, agro-ecological transitions, the sustainability of food systems, health (of plants, animals and ecosystems), the sustainable development of rural areas and their resilience in the face of climate change. Present on every continent in some 50 countries, CIRAD draws on the skills of its 1,800 employees, including 1,240 scientists, and on a global network of 200 partners. It supports France's scientific diplomacy.