The April 2017 Ivorian Mango Symposium created a business platform for mango stakeholders to develop new market opportunities. Following-up on discussions held during the symposium, the Trade Hub has been focusing on increasing regional and global exports in the mango sector by linking West African producers with international buyers and sellers of fresh and processed mangoes.
Trade Hub mango consultant, Mr. Moussa Coulibaly, has connected two Ghanaian fruit and vegetable processing companies, HPW and Bomarts, as well as Nigerian based fruit processor Reel Fruit, with mango producers and processors in Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. From February to June 2017, Mr. Coulibaly led scouting missions in northern Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso to identify new mango suppliers for the three companies. One Ivorian company was selected for fresh mangoes, while a Burkinabe company and four from Côte d’Ivoire were selected to supply dehydrated mangoes to HPW. Similarly, samples were sent to Reel Fruit and a meeting was organized with Bomarts’ director in Ghana to discuss logistics, prices and payment.
These visits resulted in a total sale of 300 tons of fresh mangoes supplied to HPW from Côte d’Ivoire, announcing promising negotiations for next year’s campaign. From July to September 2017, 22 tons of dehydrated mangoes were sold to HPW — 15 tons from Burkina Faso and 7 from Côte d’Ivoire— including three tons that were earmarked for sale on the local Ghanaian market.
Bomarts and Reel Fruits expressed their interest in concluding supply contracts with the Ivorian companies for the next campaign.