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About 1.5 million tons of mangoes are produced in West Africa annually, representing about 4% of global production according to the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development.
There is a growing demand and mango is expected to continue to gain market value in the future. Popular varieties include Kent and Keitt, as well as Lippens, Brooks, Palmer, Zill and Amélie.
Next to fresh mangoes, exports from West Africa also include mango juice, mango pulps, dried mangoes, and much more. Various processing plants across Africa have implemented multiple standards and good practices to ensure high quality. West Africa Connect makes you discover African processed mangoes.
The global mango trade grew very fast and continuously in the last 20 years, with an average annual growth of 7.2%. In parallel, ECOWAS mango exports grew at a slightly higher pace, with an 8.3% yearly average. Another success for ECOWAS is the increase in the value of its exports. Thanks to the development of the mango drying industry (led by Burkina Faso) and the fresh-cut industry (led by Ghana), the annual value of exports grew by an average of 12% per year. This growth has been stronger than the growth of the global mango market.
To conclude, all mango prices tended to increase in the last 10 years. However, we observe prices of dried mango in the international market tended to increase faster in the long term compared to fresh mango prices. Local processing is a way to increase added value and take advantage of another growing trend.
Cassava, also known as manioc, tapioca, and yuca, is one of the most important tropical root crops in West Africa. Consumed by approximately 500 million Africans daily, the demand for cassava is growing in Europe, where it is gradually becoming a more mainstream product.
Cassava is drought resistant, can be grown on marginal land where other cereals do not do well and requires little input. It presents enormous opportunities since every part of the crop can be used. This includes the leaves, which are relatively rich in protein and can be consumed as green vegetables.
The processed cassava root is used as a source of food and starch products. Cassava comes as paste and chilled, frozen or dried roots. It is also used for animal feed and industrial applications, such as biofuels.
African ICT services for the agribusiness sector
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) comprise those networks, mobiles, devices, services, and applications that aid the processing, management, and exchange of data, information, or knowledge.
The relevance of ICT services to support the development of the agribusiness sector is widely recognised. Technology and digitalization can help SMEs to stay ahead of the curve, and the African ICT services sector helps to ensure productivity, boost profitability, and enhance innovation. Discover solutions in the area of food traceability, irrigation, and soil fertility.
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