The 5th agrofood West Africa 2018 in Abidjan: 80+ exhibitors from 17 countries and a high-profile conference programme

HortiFresh Fruit and Vegetable Programme for Côte d'Ivoire to be launched officially at agrofood WA 2018

Bosch: Seminar on dry food processing and packaging  

VDMA: Symposium on plastics, packaging and recycling 

agrofood West Africa is increasingly taking shape as more and more important institutions, associations and companies confirm their participation.

And a top-class conference programme will complement the international exhibition. 

More than 80 exhibitors from 16 countries
 have already confirmed their participation. These include many of the world's leading companies in their sector. 

The following countries are represented with a particularly large number of exhibitors: 

The exhibitors come from Algeria, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA.

A quality conference programme:

Launch of the HortiFresh Fruit and Vegetable Programme

Excellent news: The SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is to officially launch their HortiFresh Fruit and Vegetable Programme in Côte d'Ivoire during agrofood West Africa 2018. To be exact, on 20 November, from 3 to 4:30 pm. 

The programme aims to reach thousands of farmers and increase their productivity by 20% until 2021.

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. 

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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VDMA: Symposium on plastics, packaging and recycling

In conjunction with agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2018 a symposium on plastics, packaging and recycling tailored to the West African needs is held by the German Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association VDMA. 

The symposium is held on 21 November from 11am to 12:30pm, followed by B2B meetings from 1 to 3pm between visitors to the exhibition and experts from the VDMA delegation.  

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, AHK Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana  
  • Italy – Italian Embassy Côte d'Ivoire    
  • Netherlands - Agricultural Counselor for West Africa with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, NABC Netherlands-African Business Council,  SNV Netherlands Development Organisation  
  • Turkey – Ministry of Economy

France, the Netherlands and Turkey are present at agrofood West Africa 2018 with official national pavilions.

Ivory Coast is becoming the bread basket of West Africa

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 Africa the show takes place on 20 to 22 November 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Abidjan Airport in Abidjan. 

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

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