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.
- 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
- 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