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.


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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Trade fair in Madird // 22.10. - 24.10.2019
Trade fair in Madird // 22.10. - 24.10.2019

Fruit Attraction 2019

Broad range of organic products from IPD countries
Tropical fruits and high-quality vegetables and herbs from developing and emerging countries

Fruit Attraction 2019 - the leading fruit and vegetable fair in Madrid - will once again bring together more than 1,600 exhibitors and 70,000 professionals from 120 countries.

For the first time, the IPD will provide European importers with contacts to reliable exporters from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Ghana, Colombia and Peru, who offer a wide range of products, for example:

  • Granadillas, mangoes, papayas, pomegranates
  • Avocados, physalis, strawberries, grapes and dates
  • Sweet potatoes, peas, beans, mangetout, tomatoes, onions
  • chives, basil, etc.

All exporters have been thoroughly evaluated by IPD. Criteria such as product quality, export capability and capacity as well as compliance with international standards and certifications have been considered. The exporters are familiar with the requirements of the EU market and prepared for the export.

A detailed overview of the companies and all products you find here.

For further information or questions please contact us:

Linda Mense


Trade fair in Paris // 03.12. - 05.12.2019
Trade fair in Paris // 03.12. - 05.12.2019

Food Ingredients Europe 2019

Benefit from FiE to make new business contacts.
Meet reliable suppliers.
Find out about innovative ingredients. 

At Europe's most important trade fair for natural ingredients, IPD will once again be presenting specialities from selected partner countries, including Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Ukraine, Pakistan, South Africa and Egypt.

Our exporters will bring a wide range of high-quality products to the trade fair. We will provide you with direct contact to these carefully selected suppliers.
All exporters have been visited and evaluated carefully by IPD. Criteria such as product quality, export capability and capacity as well as compliance with international standards and certifications have been considered.

We connect you with reliable suppliers.
Take advantage of the FiE fair for individual meetings.
Detailed information on the exporters and their products will be available here in October.

For further informationen please contact:

Kathrin Seelige



Bonn // 25.07.2018

IPD intensifies activities for sustainable economic development

German import promotion initiative is now active in 13 countries and 5 sectors

Bonn/Berlin, 25.07.2018 – Since 2012, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) has assisted small-to-medium-sized enterprises in selected developing and emerging counties to ac-cess the European market. In its third project phase, the IPD expands activities to 13 partner countries and five sectors. The IPD supports export companies on the so-called "last mile"– it accompanies producers to the European market, arranges contacts with importers, thereby closing a strategic gap at the interface of development cooperation and foreign trade.

Facts & Figures

Basic Data

Official Name:Republic Côte d'Ivoire (Republique de Côte d'Ivoire)
Government: Republic
Head of State: Alassane Quattara (21.05.2011)
Commercial Languages: French
Time difference: CET -1
Currency CFA-Franc (FCFA)
1 Franc = 100 Centimes
Calling Code: +225
Area: 322.463 km²
Population: 25,6 million (2018, estimate)
Capital: Abidjan (4,4 Mio.), Bouaké (536.719)
Largest Cities and Agglomerations: Abidjan
Most important exhibition centres Abidjan
Largest Airports Abidjan, Yamoussoukro, Bouaké
Ports Abidjan, San-Pédro

Economic Data

GDP 2017: 40,4 bn. US$ (estimate)
2018: 48,1 bn. US$ (estimate) 
2019: 53,0 bn. US$ (forecast)
GDP per capita
2017: 1.617 US$ (estimate)
2018: 1.880 US$ (estimate) 
2019: 2.016 US$ (forecast)
Economic growth
2017: 7,8 % (estimate)
2018: 7,4 % (estimate) 
2019: 7,1 % (forecast)
Inflation rate
2017: 0,8 % 
2018: 1,7 % (estimate) 
2019: 2,0 % (forecast)
Exchange rate 1 US$ = 555,613 FCFA
1 Euro = 655,957 FCFA
(effective: september 2017)
Membership in regional Organisations
Most important industries Trade, restaurants, hotels, transport, logistics, communications, construction, mining, industry, agriculture, forestry, fishing

Trade Data


Volume 2013: 12,1 bn US$
2014: 13,0 bn US$
2015: 11,8 bn US$
Most important trade partners
Netherlands, USA, Belgium, France, Germany, Burkina Faso, India
Products and sectors
Food, petrochemicals, raw materials, petroleum, detergents, cosmetics


Volume 2013: 12,5 bn US$
2014: 11,2 bn US$
2015: 9,5 bn US$
Most important trade partners
Nigeria, France, China, USA, Italy, India, Spain
Products and sectors
Food, petroleum, machinery, motor vehicles and parts, petrochemicals
Data source: iXPOS, Federal Foreign Office, AUMA, Germany Trade & Invest – All information is supplied without guarantee.


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