West Africa produces about 1.5 million metric tons of mangoes each year, with a value of $260 million. About 60% is exported internationally and regionally as high-quality fresh mangoes and processed mango products. The sector is poised to take advantage of expanded export opportunities in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the U.S.—if it can strengthen quality, safety, and processing capacity.
The Trade Hub project is raising the visibility of West Africa’s mango sector and helping it take advantage of new opportunities to export, including those offered under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The project focuses on three key areas:
- Standardizing and improving mango quality and post-harvest practices, in support of ECOWAS’ efforts to improve quality standards across the region. We are helping select firms upgrade processing facilities and equipment, while training managers in fruit quality and safety procedures.
- Promoting market linkages for West African fresh fruit exports to Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the U.S. Our trainings and support give producers and processors best practices to meet international quality standards, while we facilitate contacts between local suppliers and West African mango processors.
- Strengthening national associations and helping them collaborate to form a regional platform. We are strengthening inter-professional associations and lead firms in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Senegal, and support creation of a regional mango alliance.
- February 27, 2017 During the first two months of 2017, 100 Ivorian mango producers and exporters have taken first steps to meet international standards in social management systems that provide decent working conditions, ensure food quality and boost their export sales volumes. Certification is vital to meeting international market demand for the tropical fruit—especially from the European Union, which ...Read more
- February 20, 2017 The spectrum of Trade Hub support for West Africa’s mango industry runs from production and processing quality trainings to an upcoming international buyers’ symposium in the region’s mango belt. Ms. Alicia Robinson-Morgan, USAID’s Deputy Trade Africa Coordinator, heard during a Feb. 9 tour how this support is improving raw material quality and sourcing for leading Ghanaian ...Read more
- February 13, 2017 In Ghana, the Trade Hub hosted a roundtable discussion on February 3 for Ghanaian fruit and juice exporters, commercial farms, and mango producer associations to meet with Mr. Jim Perz, managing director of U.S.-based consulting firm Global Juice Resources on requirements for exporting fresh fruit and juice to the U.S. Mr. Perz told the participants that ...Read more
- February 13, 2017 To lay groundwork for Côte d’Ivoire’s first Mango Symposium, the Trade Hub met Jan. 29-Feb. 3 with 15 exporters, local government and research institutes in Korhogo, the northern city that will host the event in April. Under the theme, ““Export growth and competitiveness of fresh and processed mango in Côte d’Ivoire,” the Trade Hub is organizing ...Read more
- February 13, 2017 HPW Dry and Fresh Limited, a Ghana-based subsidiary of HPW Limited, will this year source an additional 1,000 metric tons of fresh mangoes from Ivorian producers, thanks to the Trade Hub’s regional trade facilitation. During a January 31 to February 1 sourcing mission by HPW’s managing director, Mr. Maik Blaser, the Hub’s mango team in Côte ...Read more
- January 30, 2017 Rose Eclat, a mango processer that exports dried mangoes from Burkina Faso to several European countries, received 1,050 harvesting plastic crates valued at $15,000 under a Trade Hub grant. The crates, presented on January 20, will help transport mangoes from various growers to the factory for cleaning and drying prior to being exported. “We believe that the ...Read more
With Trade Hub support, Senegalese farmers association expects to increase mango exports by 25% in 2017December 12, 2016On December 2, the Trade Hub delivered packhouse equipment worth $7,793 to “la Cooperative des Producteurs de Fruits et de Legumes” (COOPROFEL), a Senegalese fruit and vegetable export cooperative. COOPROFEL is located in Keur Mbir Ndao, one of the largest vegetable and mango producing and exporting areas in Senegal, which has the potential to produce ...Read more
- November 7, 2016 This year’s Brong Ahafo Regional “Best Farmer” award goes to Ernest Amoansah, the managing director of Ohumpong Investment, a Trade Hub-assisted mango value chain enterprise in Ghana’s Brong Ahafo Region. Awarded before Farmers’ Day—an annual festival honoring the efforts of farmers and fishers to feed the Ghanaian population and contribute to exports—this marks a momentous ...Read more
- October 24, 2016 On October 14, the Trade Hub delivered information technology (IT) equipment and office furniture worth $6,370 to Association Professionnelle Mangue du Burkina Faso (APROMA-B), a mango farmer’s association in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. This grant, designed to support APROMA-B’s data collection and administrative work, is one of several Trade Hub interventions in mango, including cascade ...Read more
- October 24, 2016 A USAID team learned best practices in mango farming and harvesting during an October 19 visit to the Yilo-Krobo Mango Farmers’ Association (YKMFA), one of several West African mango producer organizations that have parlayed Trade Hub investments into more exportable mangoes and high-quality mangoes for processing. USAID and the Trade Hub accompanied Cecilia Paredes, communications officer ...Read more
- August 24, 2016 Quality is the primary constraint to increasing West African mango exports. Overseas markets demand high-quality, fruit fly-free fruit, posing challenges throughout the value chain, from production to harvesting, post-harvest handling, packing, and shipping. For those able to meet these demands, however, export-quality mangoes can fetch up to three times more than mangos sold in local ...Read more
Ghanaian mango producers’ association first in country to acquire new Global G.A.P certification for export to EU and Middle EastJuly 26, 2016Eighty farmers in the Yilo Krobo Mango Farmers Association are set to export an estimated 500mt of fresh fruit valued at $675,000 to international markets following the association’s acquisition of the Global G.A.P Option 2 Certification. Yilo Krobo is the only Ghanaian producers’ association certified this year under the new version 5 of Global G.A.P Option ...Read more
- June 14, 2016 To boost West Africa’s competitiveness in one of its tastiest products, the Trade Hub has organized best-practices training for hundreds of those working in the region’s mango value chain, including farmers, harvesters, packhouse technicians and traders. The three-month training campaign started in Burkina Faso in April, followed by Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire in May, and ...Read more
- June 7, 2016 Two Ghanaian mango associations received office equipment to help professionalize their services to hundreds of members, part of an overall Trade Hub package to bolster the mango value chain in Ghana and across West Africa. The project’s Chief of Party, Mr. Jeffrey Povolny, accompanied by senior members of staff, delivered the equipment on June 6 ...Read more
- March 9, 2016 Côte d’Ivoire leads West Africa in regional and global exports of fresh mangoes, and is well positioned to become the world’s largest producer of raw cashew nuts. In February 2016, the Trade Hub spent three weeks assessing plantations, meeting exporter associations, and visiting processing facilities in northern Côte d’Ivoire and uncovered multiple obstacles—and promising assets—to ...Read more