Shea 2018: Going Further Together

Welcome to Shea 2018!

The Global Shea Alliance (GSA) is pleased to announce the 11th annual international shea conference, “Shea 2018: Going Further Together,” to be held in Abuja, Nigeria on March 12-13, 2018. 

In the last 20 years, the shea export market has grown 600%, to 350,000 MT a year. The increased trade is improving livelihoods in African producing communities, creating approximately 200 million USD in annual income and employing more than 4 million women. This remarkable expansion is driven by the collaborative efforts of women collectors and processors, brands and retailers, ingredient suppliers, civil society, research institutions, and policy makers.

Our 2018 international conference will explore the meaning of the African proverb “If you want to go quickly, go alone; if you want to go far, go together,” for our uniquely African crop and within the context of the GSA. Participants will learn latest efforts from stakeholders, review alignment of industry actions, and discuss the importance of collaboration to sustain growth for the another 20 years.

With more than 500 participants annually, the GSA international conference is THE shea industry forum to learn best practices, network, build new partnerships, launch projects, and promote your organization. Register now to join more than 500 international participants from 25 countries and all levels of the value chain at the premier forum to connect and share current developments in shea.

Registration is now open! Download the conference overview, registration form and payment instructions now.

Please contact GSA Prince Nunoo @pnunoo@globalshea.com with any registration or payment questions.

Opening New Markets

The GSA is expanding markets by developing new ingredient technologies, conducting research to improve value proposition, engaging consumers, and advocating for improved regulatory environments. Participants will learn from GSA members as well as legal and scientific experts on the impact of this multifaceted approach. Specific topics will include:

1. New food markets being established in the U.S. and China
2. Latest innovations for ingredient technologies
3. New research into cosmetic benefits
4. Consumer marketing strategies

Reducing Trade Barriers

Nowhere is the conference theme more relevant than in GSA’s efforts to improve women’s empowerment and environmental conservation across the production zone.  Members, international donors, and government stakeholders will present on new public private partnerships being launched in West Africa including:

 
1. Provision of warehouses to women’s groups
2. Improving working conditions of collectors and processors
3. Encourage formation of cooperatives, local aggregation,and improved traceability
4. Tree planting campaigns and improved management of parklands
5. Reduction of wood and water consumption in processing
6. Research and development of improved planting materials

Achieving Sustainability Together

Nowhere is the conference theme more relevant than in GSA’s efforts to improve women’s empowerment and environmental conservation across the production zone.  Members, international donors, and government stakeholders will present on new public private partnerships being launched in West Africa including:

1. Provision of warehouses to women’s groups
2. Improving working conditions of collectors and processors
3. Encourage formation of cooperatives, local aggregation,and improved traceability
4. Tree planting campaigns and improved management of parklands
5. Reduction of wood and water consumption in processing
6. Research and development of improved planting materials