For Immediate Release
Sunday, July 7, 2013
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- Afghan businesses participated in an exhibition of Afghan food products, highlighting the rapid growth of agribusiness in Afghanistan. Seventeen food processing companies displayed more than 80 locally produced, high-quality products to representatives from food-processors, packaging and shipping companies, traders and exporters, and financial institutions.
“This event has boosted my business. More than 10 businesses visited me to discuss potential deals of more than $20,000. I believe these events help strengthen Afghanistan’s economy,” said Abdul Fatah Abedi, representative for Austrotherm Packaging Company in Afghanistan.
The exhibition and conference was supported by USAID in order to strengthen agriculture markets by facilitating connections between producers, traders, and buyers.
Topics discussed at the conference included local and international market demand; opportunities, challenges, and institutional requirements for food processing companies; availability of business support services; and production coordination.
“USAID supports the Afghan government to strengthen agribusinesses in order to accelerate market-led growth” said Rod Thompson of USAID’s Office of Agriculture in Kabul. USAID’s agriculture program works to improve food security, increase agricultural productivity and rural employment, and improve family incomes and well-being.
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