Grow Africa launches the Mango Multi stakeholders’ platform in Burkina Faso
The mango sector in Burkina Faso has the potential to improve incomes and livelihoods of smallholder producers.
In order to mutualise the different interventions of partners in the mango sector in Burkina Faso, the Association of Professionals in the Mango sector in Burkina Faso (APROMAB) and the Grow Africa programme of NEPAD created an inclusive multi-stakeholders platform in the mango value chain in Burkina Faso. The platform launching workshop took place on March 29 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Mr Jean Noel Lamoukri, representing the Association of Professionals in the Mango sector in Burkina Faso, welcomed the participants to the workshop. Mr Ibrahim Gourouza-Magagi, Grow Africa Regional Director for West and Central Africa, contextualised the event within the regional agenda, while the opening speech was delivered by the president of the ceremony, Mr Aly Romba, representing the Ministry of Agriculture. The speakers lauded the initiative, which will enhance the economic contribution of the mango sector in the country.
"The platform will promote rapid decision-making in policy dialogue and investment operations. It will pave the way for the development of international markets for mango products from Burkina Faso," said Mr Romba.
Highlighting the potential of the mango industry in Burkina Faso, Mr Gourouza-Magagi announced that Grow Africa will help to mobilise $20 million investment from the private sector, both domestic and international, to enable the sector to fully play its role in the economic and social development of the country.
In Burkina Faso’s fruit production, mango dominates at 50%, while the country ranks first in West Africa with about 15% of sub-regional mango production. The mango sector plays a crucial role in ensuring food security and improving the living conditions of rural people in the country. The sector generates approximately 40,000 jobs, contributing 2.9% to agricultural GDP (equivalent to 0.5% of national GDP), for a total value of 30 billion CFA of value added. The annual volume of production is between 150,000 and 200,000 tons per year.