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.
- October 16, 2017 The Trade Hub visited three organic pineapple exporting companies in Ghana and Togo to evaluate and aid their readiness to export to the U.S. The Trade Hub will support Ghana-based HPW Fresh and Dry Ltd. and Togo-Based firms PRONATURA and Label d’Or in November trial shipments, which U.S. based Chestnut Hill Farms will then distribute ...Read more
- October 2, 2017 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 ...Read more
- August 28, 2017 Four mango farmers’ associations in Ghana’s Brong Ahafo, Eastern and Volta regions trained in safety measures, including basic first aid and how to handle emergencies—a requirement for GlobalG.A.P. certification. The Trade Hub contracted the Ghana Red Cross Society, a GlobalG.A.P-accredited institution, to conduct 4 separate, two-day first aid trainings for 62 farmers from August 8-18. GlobalG.A.P. standards ...Read more
- August 8, 2017 A three-day symposium on Ghana’s mango industry drew 250 producers, processors and exporters as well as government officials and representatives of financial institutions to celebrate and deliberate the future of the sector. “Mango: Ghana’s green gold. Growing for food and creating jobs,” began on July 27 with a parade from the capital to the eastern ...Read more
- July 18, 2017 The Trade Hub in collaboration with the Federation of the Association of Ghanaian Exporters (FAGE), German Cooperation (Deutsche Zusammenarbett) and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is pleased to announce that “Ghana Mango Week” with the theme “Mango, Ghana’s green gold: Growing for food and creating jobs” will be held from July 27-29 in ...Read more
- June 5, 2017 As part its efforts to support lead firms, producers, and other actors to increase exports of fresh and processed mango to the international market, the Trade Hub trained 120 producers in Ghana’s Brong-Ahafo and Volta regions on how to become GlobalG.A.P. certified. Certification of farms and packhouses is an international food safety standards requirement for ...Read more
- May 15, 2017 HPW Dry and Fresh Limited (HPW), a Ghana-based mango processing company, is sourcing 2,100 metric tons (MT) of fresh mango from ECYA SERVICES Sarl, an Ivorian mango farm, and other Ivorian producers/exporters this year. Weather changes in Ghana have led to declines in mango production, causing Ghanaian companies to source mangoes from Côte d’Ivoire — a ...Read more
- May 3, 2017 A dozen participants from Ghana-based fruit processing companies and exporters—including HPW Dry and Fresh Ltd., Bomarts Farms, and Pinora—learned practical steps to make the best impressions and get the most out of international trade shows at an April 24 Trade Hub workshop in the capital Accra. “A visit to a trade fair in your own industry ...Read more
- May 3, 2017 In the heart of Burkina Faso’s mango belt, the USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub convened a first-time workshop attended by 45 of the country’s major mango producers, processors, exporters and related businesses and institutions. The April 24-25, 2017 workshop in Bobo-Dioulasso launched deep discussions about a regional collaborative or “cluster” approach to addressing ...Read more
- April 18, 2017 The Trade Hub kicked off its inaugural Mango Symposium from April 6-7, 2017 in Korhogo, Côte d’Ivoire, part of the country’s main mango producing region. The symposium drew more than 200 private and public actors from the national and international mango sector around the theme of “export growth and competitiveness of fresh and processed mangoes ...Read more
- April 4, 2017 As part of an in-kind grant, the Trade Hub on March 18 presented a 33KVA generator and 1,500 plastic crates valued at US$25,000 to Burkinabe leading mango processor and exporter, Sanle Sechage Exports. The generator will ensure a continuous drying process over 20-24 hours, which is imperative to maintain constant temperatures for proper preservation of ...Read more
- March 27, 2017 The Trade Hub is partnering with two organizations from Côte d’Ivoire to organize the first-ever mango symposium in the town of Korhogo, located in the major mango-producing northern region of Côte d’Ivoire, on April 6 & 7. Under the theme, “Export growth and competitiveness of fresh and processed mango in Côte d’Ivoire,” the Trade Hub, ...Read more
- 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