A record participation at Agrofood & Plastprintpack West Africa

Agrofood & PlastPrintPack West Africa will take place from 5 to 7 December in GhanaThe fourth edition of Agrofood & PlastPrintPack West Africa will take place from 5 to 7 December at the Accra International Conference Centre in Ghana. There will be more than 90 exhibitors from 21 countries at the event, which is organised by German trade fair specilists, Fairtrade. The 2017 show will include five national pavillions from Algeria, France, Netherlands, Poland and Sri Lanka.

The figures of rising food imports confirm that the largest food market in Africa is still undersupplied. Rising technology imports indicate massive investments in processing, plastics and packaging equipment and a revival of local production.

The show takes place on the background of a positive economic data as figures of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) indicate a clear upward trend for West Africa’s Agrofood & PlastPrintPack industry.

Ghana, Ivory Coast and Senegal are the largest importers of finished food as well as of agricultural and food processing and packaging technology in West Africa – apart from Nigeria.

Largest food market in Africa still undersupplied 

West African food imports increased to US$ 14.4. billion in 2015 compared to US$ 13.1 billion in 2014.The figures of rising food imports show that the largest food market in Africa is still undersupplied.

The rising technology imports indicate massive investments and a revival of local production. These are:

  • West African imports of agricultural machinery and equipment amounted to €187 million in 2016 (VDMA)
  • West African imports of food processing and packaging technology increased from €506 million in 2015 to €556 million in 2016 (VDMA), up by 10 percent
  • West Africa imported plastics technology worth €142.9 million in 2016, printing and paper technology of €121.8 million and packaging technology worth €240.2 million

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