agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa: Quality of business contacts initiated leaves exhibitors highly satisfied

Remarkable number of visitors: 1,461


The 5th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2018 was completed with great success.

The exhibitors were very satisfied, as a remarkable number of 1,461 visitors from all over Ivory Coast and neighboring West African countries visited the fair in order to discuss dedicated projects.

Especially the quality of many business leads was emphasized by the exhibitors - see more impressions and read what the exhibitors said. 

According to the agrofood West Africa 2018 exhibitor survey 90% of the exhibitors were satisfied with the services provided by the organisers, 86% intend to participate again in 2020, 80% recommend the event and 77% are satisfied or even very satisfied with the trade show as a whole.

Visitors were similarly positive about the event, the analysis being based on a response rate of as much as 20% of visitors: 93% of visitors were completely or partially satisfied with the quality of the business contacts, 88% recommend the fair. Also interesting: 42% of the visitors stated that the most important reason for attending the event was to receive information about new products and innovations. 37% came primarily to attend the conference programme. And 21% attended to establish and expand business contacts.

The Ivorian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development opened the 5th agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2018

After 4 editions in Accra, Ghana, fairtrade held the 5th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

The event was officially opened on November 20 by the Ivorian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly. 

Participants and speakers at the opening session included: 

  • Mr. Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • H.E. Mr. Michael Grau, Ambassador of Germany
  • H.E. Mr. Robert van den Dool, Ambassador of the Netherlands
  • H.E. Mrs Esra Demir, Ambassador of Turkey
  • Mr. Frédéric K N'Da Mougo Komenan, Director General of Industrial Activity - Ministry of Commerce, Industry and SME Promotion
  • Mr. Nalaka Sanjeewa, Market Analyst Tea Promotion Division - Sri Lanka Tea Board
  • Mrs. Isabelle Kouamo - adepta
  • Mr. Mario Maggiani, General Manager - Amaplast
  • Mr. Paul März and Mr. Martin März, Managing Directors - fairtrade Messe & Mr. Augustin Akou, Managing Director - 2A
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80+ exhibitors from 17 countries - 50+ speakers from around the globe at high-profile conferences - Bolloré was the Gold Sponsor

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

Panel discussions and expert sessions in the HOLLAND LOUNGE 

Bosch seminar on processing & packaging of local high added value products (coffee, cocoa, cereals, etc.) for the food and confectionery industries

VDMA symposium on how European plastic and rubber machines can make a valuable contribution to the West African plastic, packaging and recycling industries 

The 5th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa took place for the first time in Abidjan from 20 to 22 November at the Radisson Blu Hotel Abidjan Airport.

Organized by the German trade fair specialists fairtrade Messe and its Ivorian partner 2A Consult, this professional trade show is aimed at both West African industry and craftsmen: farmers, herders, food and beverage manufacturers, food retailers and catering and hotel professionals. And to the plastics, printing and packaging industry. 

More than 80 exhibitors from 17 countries have confirmed their participation. These include many of the world's leading companies in their sector. 

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

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

Bolloré was the GOLD SPONSOR

agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2018 is pleased to have gained Bolloré as Gold Sponsor. Founded in 1822, the Bolloré Group is one of the 500 largest companies in the world, with 81,420 employees and a turnover of 18.3 billion euroin 2017. Listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, Bolloré holds strong positions in all its activities around three business lines, Transportation and Logistics, Communication, Electricity Storage and solutions.


A quality conference programme

The exhibition was accompanied by top quality conferences and events featuring 50+ speakers from around the globe.

Please check out the entire programme for details.

Launch of the HortiFresh Fruit and Vegetable Programme

HortiFresh by the Netherlands Government is to officially launched their HortiFresh Fruit and Vegetable Programme in Côte d'Ivoire during agrofood West Africa 2018. 

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

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Côte d'Ivoire had booked the official Dutch pavilion at agrofood West Africa 2018 to represent Dutch brands in there.

The Dutch Pavilion

Panel discussions and expert sessions in the HOLLAND LOUNGE

In the Holland Lounge the Netherlands organized four panel discussions and expert sessions on the following topics:

  • The use of improved inputs
  • Agri-entrepreneurship. How to run a sustainable agribusiness?
  • Exporting organic fruits from the importer and grower perspective
  • Access to SME finance

Please check the conference programme for details.

Bosch seminar on processing & packaging of local high added value products (coffee, cocoa, cereals, etc.) for the food and confectionery industries


BOSCH Group (Packaging Technology & Thermo Technology), in association with BÜHLER, two worldwide industry leaders, held a seminar to discover the processing and packaging technologies adapted to West African markets, at a time when all the initiatives of governments and industries in the West African Region are converging on the need for local processing of agricultural products which should generate more added value and better competitiveness in both Local and International markets. 

With the participation of GROFIN Côte d'Ivoire, provider of financial support solutions for agro-industrial projects. 

VDMA: Symposium on plastic packaging and recycling

In conjunction with plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa 2018 the VDMA German Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association organized a symposium focusing on West African needs.  

Theme of the symposium: How European plastic and rubber machines can make a valuable contribution to the West African plastic, packaging and recycling industries.


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, Turkish Embassy Côte d'Ivoire

France, the Netherlands and Turkey were 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       

Read more.

  • 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

Read more.