MangoWest 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.

    Mango News

  • Expanding the pool of quality-certified Ivorian mango enterprises

    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 ...
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  • Mango exporter securing better supply, thanks to Trade Hub industry support

    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 ...
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  • Juice consultant advises Ghanaian fruit and juice businesses

    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 ...
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  • Preparing for Mango Symposium in northern Côte d’Ivoire

    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 ...
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  • Trade Hub finds new mango source for Ghanaian exporter—in Côte d’Ivoire

    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 ...
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  • Burkinabe mango exporter receives crates to boost post-harvest quality

    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 ...
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  • With Trade Hub support, Senegalese farmers association expects to increase mango exports by 25% in 2017

    December 12, 2016
    On 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 ...
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  • Trade Hub-assisted farmer wins award at Farmers’ Day Celebration

    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 ...
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  • IT equipment supports data collection by Burkinabe mango farmer’s association

    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 ...
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  • Successful mango farming: Lessons from Trade Hub-assisted association

    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 ...
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  • Trade Hub signs agreement to help two Ivorian mango organizations boost exports

    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 ...
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  • Ghanaian mango producers’ association first in country to acquire new Global G.A.P certification for export to EU and Middle East

    July 26, 2016
    Eighty 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 ...
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  • Mango season trainings target industry gaps, raise export prospects in four countries

    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 ...
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  • Mango associations granted office equipment as part of Trade Hub professionalization package

    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 ...
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  • Côte d’Ivoire’s surging mango and cashew industries are ripe for improvement, Trade Hub finds

    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 ...
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