Political instability is one of the two biggest risks foreign companies face on the continent. The other is adverse actions by governments, such as reneging on contracts or passing legislation that hampers operations. Abrupt changes in import tariffs and quotas can also affect operations. At Vega Foods, business risks are prudently identified, pre-assessed and prioritized for their management and mitigation. Diversifying across African markets has helped us to mitigate these risks. In addition, our strong relationship with our business partners and our own presence on the ground has enabled us to detect potential problems early so that we can head them off or draw up contingency plans.