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The Pan-African Fruit Growers and Exporters Association, Afruibana, and the ColeACP have joined their counterparts to form a global coalition to address the rising costs of producing and trading fresh produce, the Brussels-based Southern Hemisphere Fresh Fruit Exporters Association (Shaffe) announced on Thursday.
The other organisations come from a variety of geographical backgrounds, including the China Chamber of Commerce of I/E of Foods Stuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-Products (China), Copa and Cogeca (European Union), Canadian Produce Marketing Association – CPMA (Canada), International Fresh Produce Association – IFPA (United States), Freshfel Europe (European Union) and the Southern Hemisphere Association of Fresh Fruit Exporters – SHAFFE (Latin America, Oceania, South Africa).
The coalition has identified a series of key challenges that all fruit and vegetable operators worldwide are currently facing, such as rising costs of logistics, inputs, fertilisers, packaging materials, energy, supply chain delays and a general labour shortage, according to the release.
Moreover, all of these aspects have additional implications arising from the ongoing effects of Covid-19 on supply chains.
The coalition will work together to publicly voice its concerns and seek to establish multi-stakeholder dialogues with key policymakers and the supply chain, including the shipping and retail sectors, it said. The group will also seek to raise consumer awareness.