Fairtrade hosts 7th Agrofood West Africa trade fair in Accra


German trade show specialist Agrofood and Plastprintpack West Africa will from November 29 – December 1, 2022 organise the 7th edition of Agrofood West Africa in Ghana.

The 2022 Agrofood Trade Fair Conference will come off at the Grand Arena of the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).

It is expected to bring together exhibitors from thirteen registered countries who will showcase their products at the fair. The participating countries are Ghana, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Iran, Italy, Poland, Spain, Turkey, USA, South Africa, Egypt and Sri Lanka.

Agrofood and Plastprintpack West Africa 2022 is a collaboration among Fairtrade and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI), Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA) and Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC).

The rest are Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and Food and Beverages Association of Ghana (FABAG).

Addressing a press conference, Managing Director (MD) of Fairtrade – organiser of the upcoming event – Paul Marz, announced that the trade fair will focus on agro foods and plastic products, printing and packaging.

He disclosed that the objective of the fair is to create trade partnerships and value between international and Ghanaian companies within the Agrofood and plastic packaging industry.

“And the second very important objective is to bring production to Ghana to enhance production in Ghana, so Ghana becomes less dependent on food imports and produces more in the country,” he added.

Mr. Marz further explained that: “We are going to have exhibitors from 13 countries all over the world, displaying their latest technology, latest products from their respective countries in the entire food and agrofood value chain. From production processing to the final product on the table and everything you need”.

He added that the products to be showcased will include food packaging and labelling, plastic printing and packaging materials.

Elaborating on the plastics printing and packaging, Mr. Marz revealed that exhibitors in this space will display plastics raw materials, machinery for printing and labelling on plastic products.

“We will also have some of the exhibitors exhibiting packaging machinery and products,” he mentioned.

According to the Managing Director of Fairtrade, the international exhibition will be supplemented by a three-day programme that will be laden with presentations and conferences.

Mr. Marz used the opportunity to invite all professionals in the agro food and plastics packaging sector to endeavour to participate in the event.

In a brief statement, the Director of Plant, Protection and Regulatory Services at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Eric Quaye, commended Fairtrade for putting together the exhibition.

He stressed that such events are very crucial to policies of the ministry, adding that there is a need to produce good quantities of foods which need to be processed further. He entreated Ghanaian businesses that will be participating in the event to take full advantage and shore-up their businesses, and pledged MoFA’s support to Fairtrade to ensure the event becomes successful.

About Fairtrade

Fairtrade is managed by its founder Martin Marz and his son Paul Marz, who joined the company in 2006 and builds on a highly motivated team of experienced and young professionals – many of them qualified in-house over three years in partnership with the German Cooperative State University to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration; Exhibition, Convention & Event Management; or Media & Communication Management.

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