The 6th agrofood West Africa 2019 with seven country pavilions, 87 exhibitors from 17 countries and a great conference program

Based on upbeat market developments, the 6th edition of agrofood West Africa 2019 was all set for growth.  

Once again organized by the German trade show specialists fairtrade Messe, West Africa’s 6th International Trade Show on Agriculture, Food Processing & Packaging, Ingredients and Food & Hospitality took place on 10 to 12 December 2019 at the Accra International Conference Centre – Grand Arena, together with its partner event plastprintpack West Africa.

The 2019 event featured record-setting seven country pavilions

  • China
  • Flanders/Belgium
  • Germany
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Turkey 

87 exhibitors from 17 countries presented dedicated solutions for the West African demand

The exhibitors came from  Belgium, China, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Turkey.

Great speakers and presenters at the outstanding 2019 conference program

See the speakers’ profiles and the detailed 3-day conference program.

Strong institutional support 

agrofood West Africa 2019 enjoyed the support of the following institutions:

  • AHK Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana
  • DLG German Agricultural Society
  • Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey to Ghana
  • Flanders Investment & Trade
  • Ghana - Ministry of Trade and Industry 
  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Hortifresh by the Netherlands Government
  • Morocco Foodex
  • Sri Lanka Tea Board
  • Turkish Ministry of Trade

Click on the images for impressions of the event

Opening Ceremony with VIP tour around the exhibition
Opening Ceremony with VIP tour around the exhibition

agrofood West Africa covers the entire value chain, from field to fork, consisting of the three sub-brands

agro AgroTech West Africa 2019
fairtrade and DLG enter into strategic partnership  

Since 2013 agro West Africa has been organized by fairtrade as part of agrofood West Africa. Now DLG German Agricultural Society entered into strategic partnership with fairtrade and brings in its agro and trade fair expertise by introducing its AgroTech brand to the agro event of fairtrade’s agrofood trade show. The focus of the cooperation lies on agricultural technology, animal production, flori- and horticulture and hot-house technology. Organisers of the world’s No. 1 trade shows Agritechnica and Eurotier, DLG is the global leader in professional trade fairs in the fields of agricultural engineering, crop production, animal production and bioenergy.

food + bev tec West Africa 2019
West African imports of food processing and packaging technology increase by 16.7% to 623 million euros in 2018   

According to VDMA, West Africa imported food & beverage technology worth 623 million euros in 2018. A plus of 16.7% compared to 534 million euros in 2017 and an annual growth of 7.8% between 2015 and 2018. See figures of VDMA German Engineering Federation.

food + hospitality West Africa 2019

Food imports of US$ 16.19 billion to West Africa - largest foodstuff market in Sub-Sahara Africa  

West Africa, with its 388 million inhabitants, is the largest food market in Sub-Saharan Africa. Food trade with West Africa is a US$30.33 billion business, with food imports into West Africa amounting to US$16.19 billion in 2017 (up 25.7% after US$12.88 billion in 2016) and food exports of US$14.14 billion, also in 2017 (WTO). 

Facts on the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS

The Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS is a regional economic union of fifteen countries, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. 

The union was established in 1975 in Lagos to promote economic integration across the region. The goal of ECOWAS is to create a single large trading bloc by building a full economic and trading union. 

With 388 million inhabitants, West Africa is Africa’s most populous region and one of the most populous regions in the world. West Africa’s GDP is expected to grow from US$563 billion in 2017 to US$585 billion in 2018 and US$610 billion in 2019.

Review of the successful 2018 edition  

agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2018 saw 1,461 trade visitors discussing their business with 80 exhibitors.  93% of visitors were completely or partially satisfied with the quality of the business contacts, 88% recommend the fair. Thousands of B2B meetings created high satisfaction rates among exhibitors and visitors:

  • According to the agrofood West Africa 2018 exhibitor survey 90% of the exhibitors were satisfied with the services provided by the organisers, 86% intend to participate again, 80% recommend the event and 77% are satisfied or even very satisfied with the trade show as a whole.
  • Visitors were similarly positive about the event, the analysis being based on a response rate of as much as 20% of visitors: 93% of visitors were completely or partially satisfied with the quality of the business contacts, 88% recommend the fair. 94% of the visitors recommend the show and 75% plan to invest over the next 12 months.