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First World Congress of Southern Hemisphere Fruit Exporters

They account for 25% of global exports worth $ 14 billion

The symposium, tomorrow 25 March, will be opened by a speech by the FAO Deputy Director General, Beth Bechdol.

Shaffe, the Southern Hemisphere Association of Fresh Fruit Exporters, organizes the first "Southern Hemisphere Fresh Fruit Trade Congress" tomorrow, March 25, 2021. With the aim of creating a meeting point between the fruit industries of the southern and northern hemispheres to allow better planning of trade flows. The theme of this first edition will be "Keeping the world supplied": a decisive and increasingly important topic within the context of pandemic emergency from Covid- 19 in place. To open the Congress, in the International Year of Fruit and Vegetables proclaimed by the United Nations Organization, will be Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director General of FAO, with a speech on the importance of the fruit industry for global agri-food systems. 

"We are very honored and proud to have the presence of such a high-level speaker in our congress as Beth Bechdol, FAO Deputy Director General," said Charif Christian Carvajal, president of Shaffe. fruit and vegetables as a key element for global nutrition and the creation of a healthy society”. The Congress program - now also available online - will include interventions that will deepen the current market situation at an international level through the illustration and analysis of market data, crop trends and industrial prospects, provided by experts from all eight countries of the southern hemisphere that are part of SHAFFE, including Mr. Nathan Hancock of Citrus Australia, Federico Baya of the Argentine Blueberry Committee, Luiz Eduardo Raffaelli of Abrafrutas, Ignacio Caballero of the Chilean Association of fruit exporters (ASOEX), Alan Pollard of New Zealand Apple and Pears, Ricardo Polis of ProCitrus Peru, Prof. Ferdi Meyer of the Bureau of Food and Agricultural Policy in South Africa and Carlos Maria Fraschini of Upefruy, Uruguay. 

The Southern Hemisphere Association of Fresh Fruit Exporters was founded in the early 1990s as a trading network for the Southern Hemisphere's leading fresh fruit exporters and growers. Overall, the members represent an export volume of 11 million tons of fresh fruit, with a market value of $ 14 billion and a global product export market share of 25%.

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