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agrofood West Africa is finally back in Abidjan!

Côte d'Ivoire represents the second largest investor in food & packaging technology in West Africa

Agriculture | Food Processing & Packaging | Ingredients | Food & Hospitality

After the great success of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa in Abidjan in 2018 and a long Covid-related break, fairtrade and their local Ivorian partners 2A are now coming back to Côte d'Ivoire and Francophone West Africa with agrofood West Africa 2024.

agrofood West Africa will take place in conjunction with plastprintpack West Africa in the brand-new Abidjan Parc des Expositions from 08 to 10 October 2024.

In addition to Côte d'Ivoire, fairtrade in West Africa serves Nigeria with the agrofood Nigeria, and Ghana with agrofood Ghana.

The Ivorian & West African agrofood market

Why exhibit at agrofood 2024 in Abidjan?

Food & packaging technology: With imports of such technology of 93 million euros in 2022, Côte d'Ivoire is the second largest investor in food & packaging technology in West Africa after Nigeria. (VDMA)

Packaging technology: Ivorian imports of packaging technology climbed from 24 million euros in 2020 to 36 million euros in 2022. (VDMA)

Food trade with Côte d'Ivoire: With a trade volume of USD 11.3 billion, Côte d'Ivoire is the largest food market in West Africa, ahead of Nigeria with USD 8.9 billion. According to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Côte d'Ivoire imported food worth USD 3.1 billion and exported food worth USD 8.2 billion in 2021. This makes the food trade with Côte d'Ivoire an 11.3 billion USD business.

Food & beverage ingredients: With a population of well over 420 million (2022), which according to the World Bank will rise to 800 million by 2050, West Africa is a huge food market. Expenditure in the F&B sector is growing steadily, and F&B production is by far the largest segment of the West African processing industry. Accordingly, the demand for food and beverage ingredients is rising continuously.

West Africa's food and packaging technology imports grew from €496 million in 2015 to €750 million in 2022, which corresponds to an annual increase of 6.1% between 2015 and 2022. (VDMA)

Strong institutional support of food tec & plastprintpack West Africa 2024

  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Côte d‘Ivoire
  • Ministry of Commerce, Industry and SME Promotion of Côte d‘Ivoire
  • Embassies of Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Türkiye

Exhibition topics

A unique concept: agrofood covers the entire value chain – from field to fork


  • Agricultural machines, farming tractors, harvesting equipment
  • Analytical equipment
  • Dryers, cleaner, silos and storage systems
  • Feeding equipment
  • Fish farming equipment
  • Grains, grain systems
  • Greenhouse and greenhouse plastics and equipment
  • Irrigation systems
  • Livestock and poultry breeding
  • Milk processing equipment
  • Milling and mixing installations/equipment
  • Pesticides and fertilizers
  • Poultry equipment
  • Seeds, seedlings
  • Stable equipment
  • Veterinary syringes

food + bev tec

Food and drink processing

  • Automation
  • Bakery technology
  • Basic food technology
  • Beverage technology
  • Coffee machines
  • Confectionery, snacks and chocolate production technology
  • Dairy technology
  • Delicatessen and convenience food technology
  • Distribution systems, table and serving equipment
  • Fish processing technology
  • Food safety and quality management
  • Foodservice equipment
  • Ice cream technology
  • Ice cream technology
  • Information and billing systems
  • Kitchen technology
  • Meat processing technology
  • Noodle technology
  • Refrigeration technology
  • Screening machines
  • Services and concepts
  • Vegetable and fruit technology


  • Packaging technology
  • Machines for imprinting of packaging material
  • Packaging materials, means and aids


  • Printing and labelling technology
  • Paper converting and packaging production technology
  • Materials, consumables and accessories

Refrigeration and air conditioning

  • Refrigeration technology
  • Ventilation, air conditioning and heating technology

Conveying, transport and storage

Waste and waste water

  • Water treatment
  • Waste water treatment
  • Resource-efficiency and services


  • Acid starters
  • Acidulants
  • Antifoam agents
  • Antioxidants & antimicrobials
  • Aromas
  • Bakery raw materials
  • Binding agents
  • Blends & compounds of fruit juice
  • Butcher's raw materials
  • Casein clarifier
  • Clouding agents
  • Cocoa butter
  • Colourings
  • Cultures, microorganism
  • Curing agents
  • Cutting aids
  • Distillates
  • Emulsifying agents
  • Emulsifying salts
  • Enzymes
  • Extraction agents, solvents
  • Extracts, vegetable
  • Fat substitutes
  • Fatty acids
  • Fibres
  • Filter aid
  • Flavours & fragrances
  • Flavours & colours
  • Flour improvers
  • Flow agents, anti-caking agents
  • Food additives
  • Fruit and vegetables concentrates
  • Fruit and vegetables powders
  • Fruit ingredients
  • Fruit preparationsfor bakery & confectionery
  • Malt extracts for malt beverages
  • Meat extracts
  • Mineral substances
  • Powdered fat
  • Precipitants
  • Preservatives
  • Propellant gases
  • Protective gases
  • Proteins
  • Raising agents
  • Releasing agents
  • Sauces
  • Semi-finished products
  • Sorbents
  • Specialty fats
  • Spices, herbs
  • Stabilizers
  • Starter cultures & enzymes for dairy
  • Sweeteners
  • Vitamins

food + hospitality

Food and beverages 

  • Bread & bakery
  • Dairy
  • Drinks
  • Fish & seafood
  • Fresh & chilled food
  • Frozen food
  • General foods
  • Health food
  • Hot beverages
  • Ice cream & deep-frozen confectionery
  • Meat & meat products
  • Organic food
  • Snack food
  • Sweets

Equipment and supplies for hotels and restaurants, bars and cafés, canteens and commercial kitchens

  • Building furnishings and equipment
  • Coffee machines
  • Distribution systems and serving equipment
  • Ice-cream machines
  • Information and billing systems
  • Refrigeration technology
  • Kitchen technology
  • Rinsing, cleaning and disposal technology
  • Sweets

Facts & figures on the West African agrofood market

Please see full details of the 2024 event

e-brochure 2024

Ivory Coast is becoming the breadbasket of West Africa

According to GTAI Germany Trade & Invest, Ivory Coast is becoming the breadbasket of West Africa. Agriculture and the food industry, especially in Abidjan, have been very dynamic for years, both in production and processing. Both sectors also enjoy a prominent regional position. They supply not only the domestic market but also the other francophone countries of the region, such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Niger, Togo and Benin.

The French-speaking West Africa is a rather homogenous market of about 110 million inhabitants

The increasing demand for food throughout the rather homogenous French-speaking West African market of 110 million inhabitants and the good general economic situation in Côte d'Ivoire continue to offer positive prospects for suppliers of agrofood technology.   

With the exception of Guinea, all countries use the franc CFA franc, which is linked to the euro. The currency facilitates not only the overseas export of machinery from Europe and Asia to Abidjan, but also the export of food within the French-speaking countries of West Africa.

Excellent pre-conditions for agrofood West Africa.

Review 2018: 1,461 trade visitors discussed their investments with 80 exhibitors from 17 countries 50+ speakers from around the globe at high-profile conferences

Bosch seminar & VDMA symposium

The 5th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel Abidjan Airport in Abidjan from 20 to 22 November 2018.

80 exhibitors from 17 countries participated, among them many of the world's leading companies in their sector. The exhibitors came from Austria, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA.

The Ivorian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development opened agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2018

After 4 editions in Accra, Ghana, fairtrade held the 5th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The event was officially opened on November 20, 2018 by the Ivorian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly. 

The remarkable number of 1,461 high quality visitors discussed their investments as 53% of the visitors planned to invest over the next 12 months.

50 speakers from around the globe enriched the 3-day conference program including the Bosch seminar & the VDMA symposium.

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