The 5th agrofood West Africa 2018 enjoys strong support

Strategic partnership between fairtrade and DLG German Agricultural Society on agro AgroTech

Bosch holds seminar on dry food processing and packaging

VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery organises symposium on packaging and recycling 

The 5th agrofood West Africa takes shape, as more and more important institutions, associations and companies confirm their participation.

According to GTAI Germany Trade & Invest of May 2018, Ivory Coast is becoming the bread basket of West Africa. Agriculture and the food industry, especially in Abidjan, have been very dynamic for years, both in production and processing.

Both sectors also enjoy a prominent regional position. They supply not only the domestic market but also the other francophone countries of the region, such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Niger, Togo and Benin.

The French-speaking West Africa is a rather homogenous market of about 110 million inhabitants

The increasing demand for food throughout the rather homogenous French-speaking West African market of 110 million inhabitants and the good general economic situation in Côte d'Ivoire continue to offer positive prospects for suppliers of agrofood technology.  

With the exception of Guinea, all countries use the franc CFA franc, which is linked to the euro. The currency facilitates not only the overseas export of machinery from Europe and Asia to Abidjan, but also the export of food within the French-speaking countries of West Africa. 

Excellent pre-conditions for agrofood West Africa 2018. Together with its partner event plastprintpack West Africathe show takes place on 20 to 22 November 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Abidjan Airport in Abidjan. 

Strong international support

agrofood West Africa 2018 enjoys the support of the following international institutions: 

  • France - adepta French Agrofood Association & French Embassy Côte d'Ivoire    
  • Germany - German Embassy Abidjan    Italy – Italian Embassy Côte d'Ivoire    
  • Netherlands - Agricultural Counselor for West Africa with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands    
  • Turkey – Ministry of Economy

France, the Netherlands and Turkey have already decided to be present at agrofood West Africa 2018 with official national pavilions.

Strategic partnership between fairtrade and DLG

DLG German Agricultural Society enters into strategic partnership with fairtrade and brings in its agro and trade fair expertise by introducing its AgroTech brand to agro West Africa 2018 and onwards. 

Bosch holds seminar on reducing of operating cost within dry food processing and packaging

World market leader Bosch holds a symposium at agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2018. Trade visitors from the entire region have the opportunity to exchange views for 2-3 hours on the subject of reducing of operating cost within dry food processing and packaging. 

The Bosch Packaging Technology division is one of the leading suppliers of process and packaging technology. At over 30 locations in more than 15 countries worldwide, a highly-qualified workforce develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceuticals, food, and confectionery industries. 

Food waste is an ongoing issue. Manufacturers and suppliers are in search of technologies that enable food waste reduction and filling precision. To keep abreast of competitors, technologies have been developed to meet these demands. 
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Fact finding mission and symposium by VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery

The VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association organises a fact-finding mission to Abidjan and Accra with 5 to 10 machine manufacturers in the field of packaging and recycling.
Within the framework of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2018 the VDMA organizes a symposium on technologies and solutions in the fields of plastics, packaging and recycling that are tailored to the needs of the West African market.

Market updates for each sector:

  • According to VDMA German Engineering Federation, West Africa imported 187.2 million euros of agricultural equipment in 2016
  • The main markets in West Africa, apart from Nigeria, are Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and Benin      

Read more here and here.

  • West Africa imported food processing and packaging technology at a value of EUR 557 million in 2016 (a plus of 10% compared to 2015)
  • Top 3 major West African markets and their share, apart from Nigeria, are Ghana, Ivory Coast and Senegal       

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  • West African food imports increased by 6% to 14.43 billion USD in 2015 according to WTO whereas Weste African food exports rose by 9% to 15.99 billion USD

Press conference and press clipping

Good news: To update the Ivorian, West African and international media and interested stakeholders on the upcoming event, a well-attendedpress conference was held in Abidjan on 23 May 2018

See here the press clipping and click on the following pictures for more impressions.