The annual French feed and livestock farming event was celebrating its 30th edition in Rennes this week.
The Brittany trade show saw 1,441 exhibitors this time out, with international companies or organizations comprising 499 of those stands.
“This year, there is a net increase in exhibitor willingness to participate at SPACE with an increased demand for floor space,” reported Anne-Marie Quéméner, SPACE Chief Commissioner.
The Rennes show saw trade delegations from a number of African countries - Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Benin, Senegal, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
"Africa has been a priority area for our promotion campaigns for many years," said Quéméner. Faced with massive population growth - by 2050 a quarter of the world's population will be African - agriculture is at the heart of political decisions on that continent, with countries looking for ways to achieve agricultural self-sufficiency, she added.
French agriculture minister, Stéphane Travert, fresh in that role, attended the opening session of the four-day farming show.
According to the organizers, the minister readily engaged with exhibitors and attendees. He also laid out his program in relation to tax credits for research, professional training, and the need to invest in overseas development rather than direct aid.
We try and give you a flavor of the show through a cull of social media postings…