2nd International Trade Show

Parc des Expositions
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agrofood West Africa and Afrik’Embal finally back in Abidjan!
Successful Matinée d'information on 29 May 2024

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.


fairtrade and APECI launch cooperation

Afrik’Embal to be held alongside agrofood West Africa 2024.

In a groundbreaking move marking the 2024 edition and beyond, fairtrade and the Association of Packaging Professionals in Côte d'Ivoire APECI have forged a collaborative alliance. This synergistic partnership entails APECI's orchestration of the Afrik'Embal Exhibition concurrent with the agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2024 event by fairtrade.

Afrik'Embal is back after several years. The first edition was held in Abidjan in 2002 and the second in Accra, Ghana, in 2005.

The primary objective of this collaboration is to create valuable synergy effects for exhibitors and trade visitors alike. 


Successful Matinée d'information on 29 May 2024

What a kick-off! On 29 May 2024, fairtrade Messe, 2A and APECI hosted a Matinée d'information on the upcoming agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa and Afrik'Embal 2024 at the Radisson Blue Hotel in Abidjan, and the response was overwhelming.

Prominent manufacturers of agrofood & plastprintpack machines, Ivorian packaging, plastics and food producers, Ivorian and international institutions, government representatives and the Ivorian press took part.

Participants & press agreed: Preparations for the upcoming exhibition & conference from 8-10 October 2024 at the brand-new Parc des Expositions in Abidjan are very promising and everyone is looking forward to this most important industry event of 2024 in Côte d'Ivoire.

Core themes of agrofood & plastprintpack and Afrik'Embal 2024

The core themes of the event are

  • Food safety
  • Reduction of food waste
  • Circular economy & recycling

The exhibition will be complemented by panel discussions and lectures on these topics.

Strong institutional support for agrofood & Afrik’Embal 2024

  • Ministry of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Food Production of Côte d'Ivoire
  • Ministry of Trade and Industry of Côte d'Ivoire
  • APECI - Association of Packaging Professionals in Côte d'Ivoire
  • Embassies of Austria, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands and Türkiye

The Ivorian & West African agrofood market
Côte d'Ivoire is the second largest investor in food & packaging technology in West Africa.

Why exhibit at agrofood & Afrik’Embal 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)

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.

Our Partners


  1. fairtrade 300x200

Local organiser

  1. 2a-consulting

Partner for Afrik’Embal

  1. APECI

Under the patronage

  1. Ivory Coast MCI

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