After the great success of agrofood West Africa 2022, the 2023 edition is now coming up as agrofood Ghana to take place from 21 to 23 November 2023 at the Trade Center Arena at the Accra International Conference Centre.
This important business platform for the Ghanaian agrofood industry is organised by fairtrade in cooperation with their local partner Geovision.
The rebranding from agrofood West Africa to agrofood Ghana reflects the growing importance of the Ghanaian market since the inaugural event in Ghana in 2013.
In addition to Ghana, fairtrade in West Africa serves Nigeria with the agrofood Nigeria.
And francophone West Africa will finally meet again in 2023 in Abidjan, at food tec West Africa.
Facts & figures on the
Ghanaian agrofood market
Please see full details of the 2023 event
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
- 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
- Antifoam agents
- Antioxidants & antimicrobials
- Bakery raw materials
- Binding agents
- Blends & compounds of fruit juice
- Butcher's raw materials
- Casein clarifier
- Clouding agents
- Cocoa butter
- Cultures, microorganism
- Curing agents
- Cutting aids
- Emulsifying agents
- Emulsifying salts
- Extraction agents, solvents
- Extracts, vegetable
- Fat substitutes
- Fatty acids
- 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
- Propellant gases
- Protective gases
- Raising agents
- Releasing agents
- Semi-finished products
- Specialty fats
- Spices, herbs
- Starter cultures & enzymes for dairy
food + hospitality
Food and beverages
- Bread & bakery
- 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
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
Promising outlook for business after
agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2022
1,384 trade visitors discussed their investments with 98 exhibitors from 22 countries
1,384 Ghanaian and West African professionals from the agrofood & plastprintpack industry discussed their business with 98 exhibitors from 22 countries.
The 7th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2022 had exhibitors participating from Belgium, Burkina Faso, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Ivory Coast, Morocco, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Türkiye, United Arab Emirates and USA.
The event took place from 29 November to 01 December 2022 at the state-of-the-art Trade Center Arena at the Accra International Conference Centre.
The exhibition was again supplemented by a 3-day program full of presentations and conferences.
What the exhibitors said
Mr Eric Bentsil Quaye
Ministry of Food and Agriculture MOFA Ghana
It is my great pleasure to be here today with you for the official opening of the 7th agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2022. I bring you warm regards from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and special greetings from our Honourable Minister Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto.
MOFA is the lead agency of the Government of Ghana responsible for developing and executing policies and strategies for the agriculture sector within the context of a coordinated national socio-economic growth and development agenda.
The vision of the Ministry is a modernized agriculture culminating in a structurally transformed economy and evident in food security, employment opportunities and reduced poverty.
Today's event which has gathered international exhibitors, industry leaders, investors, experts, academia and journalists is to exhibit and discuss the latest technologies needed to improve the entire value chain.
On behalf of the Honourable Minister for Food and Agriculture, I would like to thank the organizers for putting this great event together. We are looking forward to facilitating fruitful meetings over the next three days between Ghanaian and international companies.
Ms Daniela d`Orlandi
Italian Ambassador to Ghana and Togo
We are proud to bring to this important exhibition a large and qualified delegation of 20 Italian manufacturers of machinery and products for the plastic, the printing, the packaging and the agribusiness industries. We are sure their presence in Accra will allow Ghanaian companies to learn more about the possibilities Italy can offer to upgrade local production, allowing it, on the one hand, to better respond to the increasingly sophisticated domestic demand, and, on the other hand, to address foreign markets with more added value products.
The Italian Pavilion at plastprintpack and agrofood West Africa represents a major step, that we are taking along with the Italian industrial Association UCIMA, AMAPLAST, ACIMGA and AssoFoodTech. Let me also underline that the Italian Pavillion is organized under the auspices of the City of Rome that is candidate to host the 2030 World Exposition. We look forward to meeting you at our Pavilion to discuss the opportunities that the Ghanaian markets offers to us all!
Mr Tjalling Wiarda
General Manager - GNBCC Ghana Netherlands Business & Culture Council
We as GNBCC are happy to be involved in the 7th edition of this trade show where we are present with our own Dutch pavilion. We want to thank the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for financially supporting the pavilion.
I hope we can welcome you at our Netherlands Pavilion where you can find all our seven exhibitors. It's the one with the logo of our Embassy (Ghana - Netherlands together) and the GNBCC logo against an orange background.
Siba Laurent Koropogui
Sales - Export West Africa - RIELA Africa
RIELA has been involved in the development of grain processing equipment since 1972 and is now one of the major suppliers of cleaners, dryers and silo systems with associated conveyor technology, as well as grinding and mixing systems for feed production.
Ghana is a politically stable country and agriculture is developing rapidly. Post-harvest processing techniques are still missing but most farmers are very interested in modern technique. Being a manufacturing company of these machines we are intested in Ghana.
We had visitors, farmes, agro business men from private and public sector and others. We are satisfied with their skills and qualitiy.
Market Intelligent Strategist - GEA West Africa
GEA is one of the largest suppliers for food processing technology and of related industries. The global group specializes in machinery, plants, as well as process technology and components.
The Ghanaian market is important to our busines because of the portfolio, which covers items in food processing, beverage and dairy processing. We access the Ghanaian market by creating more visibility for our business by letting the customers know what we have to offer. We have met customers interested in our food and beverage solutions.
Our goal here at agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa is to meet top manufacturers in beverage, food processing, dairy etc.
Area Sales Manager - ITIB Machinery International
ITIB was founded in 1946 to produce impregnated cardboard tubes. In more than 50 years of operation, ITIB, through constant technological adaptation, has achieved levels of experience that see it operating as a partner with major European industrial groups.
We are not active in Ghana yet but with our participation at agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa we would like to understand if this could be a potential market for us. Therefore we were looking for plastic pipes producers, or people willing to do it.
Manager: Marketing and Agribusiness Agricultural Economic Services - Western Cape Government
Ghana is a nascent wine market in West Africa with great future potential for wines from South Africa. In addition there is also huge opportunity for collaboration and partnership in other industries as well.
Here at agrofood West Africa, we met visitors from the agro-processing value chain.
Commercial Export - Decopack
Created in 1992, DECOPACK is a company specialized in providing packaging materials for the food processing industry.
We already work with 3 companies here in Ghana and West Africa. Despite money difficulties, there is still a lot of new projects and opportunities in Ghana.
In addition there is a lot of agrofood companies and projects in this area. We get 2/3 good contacts in beverage field.
We are happy to be here after all the pandemic period. This exhibiton is a good push to get more visibility, moving our products and experience. We are happy to be able to be part of this trade fair once again.
Head of Sales - Bewital
We provide high-quality products and services that are both forward-looking and sustainable. For over 50 years we have been a reliable partner not only for our staff, customers and suppliers but also for the Westmünsterland region where we have deep roots.
Ghana is a market with a promising perspective. Currently Ghana is already interested in dedicated solutions.
We met quite a few business partners, actually more than expected.
CEO - Destilla
Highest product quality, innovation, sustainability and a serious commitment to customer proximity – this is what Destilla’s lively company culture has consisted of all along. As an owner-managed family business, we bring together tradition and cutting edge technology.
Ghana is one of the most developed countries in the sub-Saharan market with a bright future. Politically stable since more than 30 years. The agrofood trade show gives us the perfect combination of market overview and direct access.
We met food & beverage producers from the whole country. They are experts in their patricular business segments and we are more than happy about being able to satisfy their needs.
We expected to meet both, the big players in the industry as well as start-ups, working in exciting niches and our expectations have been met, 100%.
Country pavilions in 2022 from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa and Sri Lanka
Presenters of the German Pavilion
- German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, in cooperation with the
- Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA)
Exhibitors in the German Pavilion 2022 include:
GEA West Africa
Schmitz Cargobull Overseas
Te So Ten Elsen
Windmöller & Hölscher
The Iranian Pavilion is supported by the Trade Promotion Organisation of Iran and the Iran International Exhibition Center IIEC.
The Italian Trade Agency ITA in cooperation with AMAPLAST, ACIMGA, UCIMA and ANIMA / ASSOFOODTEC is organising the first Collective Participation of 21 Italian companies at plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa 2022.
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The plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa Fair is the main international exhibition in Ghana, dedicated to the agro-industrial supply chain, where technologies for processing, packaging and packing of food, beverages, cosmetics, etc. are widely exhibited.
Despite a two-year period marred by the pandemic, Ghana's economic growth forecast for 2022 is 5.8%, consolidating it as one of the largest economies in West Africa.
The agricultural sector is of paramount importance in the country, both socially and economically. It absorbs around 1/3 of total employment and contributes 21% of GDP. In 2020, it was the most dynamic sector of the economy, with +7.4% growth. …
- Cevolani Italia
- ITIB Machinery International
- Maina Industries
- Melegari Technology
- Navatta Group Food Processing
- New Project
- RGS Vacuum Systems
- Riello Ups
- SZS Free
- TMCI Padovan
- Tropical Food Machinery
The Netherlands Pavilion
The Netherlands Pavilion is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and GNBCC - Ghana Netherlands Business & Culture Council and features the following exhibitors:
- GNBCC - Ghana Netherlands Business & Culture Council
- African Tiger Holding
- Cluster Farming Holding
- Holland Greentec
- Maridav Ghana
- Solidaridad West Africa
South Africa Pavilion
South Africa joins in with a Department of Agriculture Western Cape Pavilion.
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is responsible for the promotion of agriculture in all its rich diversity in the Western Cape. About 45% of South Africa’s agricultural exports move through the Western Cape and the value-added in the sector amounts to just less than R21 billion (US$ 1.2 billion) per annum.
- Department of Agriculture Western Cape
- 5 Pence
- Bayede Marketing
- Best Spirits of Africa
- Cape Dreams
- De Pizan Beverages
- Jacobs Jam Co.
- Lifestyle Rooibos Tea
- Resulta Exporters
- Rooiboslief Lifestyle
- Spicy Bulldog
- The Road to Exotic Taste
- Thokozani Wines
- Ubuntu Evoo
- Ukhamba Beer Worx
Sri Lanka Pavilion
Visitors are offered a cup of fresh Ceylon Tea as the Sri Lanka Tea Board presents the following ten producers of fine Ceylon Tea on a 72 sqm stand:
- Anew Ceylon Tea & Spices
- Basilur Tea Export
- Ceylon Tea Marketing
- Ceylon Tenny Tea
- Finlays Colombo Limited
- Heritage Teas
- Meezan & Company
- Uniworld Teas
GIZ provided a stage for the Ghanaian private sector
Ghana has been a reliable partner country of German development cooperation for more than 30 years. Sustainable economic development, training and employment are some of the core interventions of the Ghanaian-German cooperation. GIZ supports the provision of business and financial services, promotes skills development and digital transformation, fosters private investment and strengthens the framework conditions for trade and economy.
At agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2022, GIZ provided a stage to the following entities and their members:
- Equipment Designers and Fabricators Association of Ghana (EDFAG) – Your reliable partner for quality equipment design, fabrication & maintenance for the food processing industry in Ghana
- Plant Pests and Diseases Control Company Limited (PPEDCO) – Assists farmers to produce wholesome mango & cashew fruits through the provision of efficient canopy management, pest and diseases control and general agricultural extension services
- RST Company Limited – The Masters of Agric Machinery & Equipment
The Ghanaian and West African agrofood market
Agricultural technology: The West African market for agricultural technology becomes ever more important. According to the German Engineering Federation VDMA, West African imports of such machinery reach around €200 million annually.
Food & beverage technology: From €496 million in 2015 to €694 million in 2021, West Africa’s imports of food & beverage technology show an annual increase of 5.8% between 2015 and 2021. Ghana's food tec imports even increased by 17% annually, from €59 million in 2017 to €112 million in 2021. (VDMA)
Food & beverage ingredients: With already well over 420 million inhabitants (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.
Food trade with West Africa: According to the World Trade Organization WTO, West African food imports have reached around US$19 billion and exports US$21 billion in 2021. Thus, food trade with West Africa is a US$40 billion business.
Strong institutional support of
agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2023
The 9th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2023 enjoys the strong support of the following institutions.
Support from within Ghana
- Ghanaian Ministry of Business Development
- The Ministry of Food and Agriculture
- The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation
- The Ministry of Trade and Industry
- AGI Association of Ghana Industries
- FABAG Food & Beverage Association of Ghana
- GIPC Ghana Investment Trade Promotion Centre
- NEIP National Entrepreneurship and Innovations Plan
- AHK Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana
- ANIMA / ASSOFOODTEC - Italian Association of Manufacturers of Machinery, Plants, Equipment for Food Production, Processing and Preservation
- DLG German Agricultural Society
- EECA - Egypt Expo and Convention Authority
- Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Türkiye to Ghana
- German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, in cooperation with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA)
- GNBCC Ghana Netherlands Business & Culture Council
- ITA Italian Trade Agency
- NABC Netherlands African Business Council
- South African Department of Agriculture Western Cape
- Sri Lanka Tea Board
- UCIMA - Union of Italian Manufacturers of Automatic Packaging Machinery