Côte d'Ivoire

Diversity and dynamics in the agricultural sector

Côte d’Ivoire is a tropical agricultural country. Fertile soils, a favourable climate, and plentiful water resources provide the ideal conditions for the cultivation of great many high-quality foods.

Ivorian exporters offer a premium choice of fresh fruit and vegetables, including highly flavoured tropical fruit like the mango and pineapple as well as national vegetables like the manioc, plantain, and yam.

Not only that, Côte d’Ivoire also presides over a wide and diverse range of natural ingredients for foods and cosmetics. These include dried tropical fruits, spices like ginger and turmeric, and high-quality cocoa-based products as well as a varied range of oils and fats like e.g. shea butter.

Most of these products come from smallholdings. The diversification of agriculture in Côte d’Ivoire helps to strengthen the independence of Ivorian smallholders from the cocoa industry and to create new jobs.

Côte d’Ivoire owed to cocoa exports its reputation as Africa’s economic wonderland – until crashing cocoa prices, civil war, and continuing political unrest steered the country into a crisis. The political situation has been stabilising since 2012, and the economy has been enjoying an annual growth of about eight per cent.
Today, Côte d’Ivoire has again become one of West Africa’s most dynamic national economies. And this economic evolution is fuelled by agriculture. The agricultural sector employs over half of the population and contributes 22 per cent of the gross national product.

The IPD is currently identifying reliable trade partners in Côte d’Ivoire specialising in the export of sustainable products.

OUR PRODUCT GROUPS FROM THE IVORY COAST

Fresh fruit and vegetables:

  • tropical fruits, like mango, pineapple, papaya, passion fruit, avocado
  • exotic vegetables, such as manioc, plantains, yams, etc.

Natural ingredients for food and cosmetics:

  • dried tropical fruits, e.g. mangoes and pineapples
  • spice plants, such as ginger and turmeric
  • processed cocoa-based products, e.g. cocoa butter, cocoa powder, cocoa paste

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Bonn/Berlin // 15.03.2022

Fruit Logistica 2022: Diversity from Africa

Tropical fruits, fresh herbs and a large selection of vegetables
The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) highlights the potential of trade partnerships with producers from Egypt, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Morocco

Bonn/Berlin, 15.03.2022 – The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) presents tropical fruits, fresh herbs and a large selection of vegetables – partly in organic quality – from its African partner countries at Fruit Logistica, which takes place in Berlin from 5th to 7th April. The producers from Egypt, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Morocco have been carefully selected by IPD experts and are certified according to international standards such as GLOBALG.A.P.

"As an import promotion initiative, we make sure that the companies in the IPD program meet the quality requirements of European buyers and can supply necessary trade volumes", says Dr Julia Bellinghausen, head of IPD. "Other good arguments for importing from Africa are its seasons, the associated strategically favourable harvest periods for fruit and vegetables, as well as short distances."

At this year's Fruit Logistica, IPD supports around 24 producers from developing and emerging countries – in addition to African exporters, also companies from Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.

 
Bonn/Berlin // 10.11.2021

Survey among importers: Successful matchmaking through IPD

European importers appreciate the support of Import Promotion Desk (IPD) in finding suppliers and initiating business deals
Bonn/Berlin, 10.11.2021 – Sourcing, contact brokering, closing deals – Import Promotion Desk (IPD) successfully brings European importers together with producers from developing countries and emerging nations. This has been shown in a survey among importers who have worked with IPD: Almost three quarters of the respondents state that they have al-ready concluded a business deal with companies from the IPD programme. 60 percent of the importers surveyed have already included suppliers recommended by IPD with whom they have concluded a business deal in their buying portfolio. "Creating long-term trade re-lations with a sustainable effect for upcoming entrepreneurs in developing and emerging countries is the aim of IPD," says Dr Julia Bellinghausen, head of IPD.

 
Bonn/Berlin // 27.10.2021

FiE/HiE 2021: biological diversity of selected developing and emerging nation

The initiative for import promotion presents exceptional herbs, spices, essential oils and plant extracts from developing countries and emerging nations
Bonn/Berlin, 27.10.2021 – With a variety of products highlighting the biodiversity of selected developing and emerging nations, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be exhibiting this year at Food Ingredients Europe (FIE) co-located together with Health Ingredients Europe (HIE). Exceptional herbs, spices, essential oils and plant extracts will be presented by the 15 companies from the IPD programme at the 2-in-1 trade fair taking place in Frankfurt from the 30th of November to the 2nd of December and also virtually from the 22nd of November.

 
Bonn/Berlin // 14.09.2021

Anuga 2021: Variety of natural ingredients

Producers from ten developing countries and emerging nations show the wide range and high quality of processed fruit and vegetables

Bonn/Berlin, 14.09.2021 – A wide variety of processed fruits and vegetables – including freeze-dried bananas, guanabana puree, fruit powder, dried courgettes and peppers as well as jalapeño and chilli peppers – will be presented by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) at this year's Anuga. Around 30 IPD companies from developing and emerging countries will be showing their range of natural ingredients at the world's leading trade fair for the food and beverage industry, taking place in Cologne from the 9th  to 13th of October.

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