Key Industry Sectors

Cotton

Benin is the No 1. producer of seed cotton in Africa, and N°10 in the world ranking. Benin exceeded 700.000 tons of havest in 2020 and plans multifold production by 2024 which offers tremendous opportunity for cotton products- MADE IN BENIN

cotton

Cotton

Industrial Zone

Benin is the No 1. producer of seed cotton in Africa, and N°10 in the world ranking. Benin exceeded 700.000 tons of havest in 2020 and plans multifold production by 2024 which offers tremendous opportunity for cotton products- MADE IN BENIN

cashew

Cashews

In Benin, cashew is the second largest export crop after cotton, with a quality highly rated on regional and international markets. The dynamic observed within the cashew sector has enabled the local, regional and national economy to generate substantial income which balances the trade balance. In the West African sub-region, Benin is among the best quality cashew producing countries.

Cashews

Container yard

In Benin, cashew is the second largest export crop after cotton, with a quality highly rated on regional and international markets. The dynamic observed within the cashew sector has enabled the local, regional and national economy to generate substantial income which balances the trade balance. In the West African sub-region, Benin is among the best quality cashew producing countries.

Pineapple

Pineapple is one of Benin’s main export products, with a quality highly rated on regional and international markets. Currently, the exportable pineapple and that intended for the domestic and regional market is produced mainly in 6 communes of Benin with the largest quantity of production in the commune of Allada.

  • Benin is the 3rd largest producer of pineapples in the world.
  • Raw pineapple product value ~ USD 50 million
  • Export potential transformation worth ~ USD 200 million
  • 300.000 MT production per year
  • 1.2% contribution to national GDP
  • 75% export
  • 27% of processed fruits
  • Two varieties are produced:
    • «pain de sucre» (90%) and «cayenne smooth» (10%)
    • Pain de sucre labeled «Made in Benin»
    • Fair trade certified product

pineapple

Pineapple

Warehouse

Pineapple is one of Benin’s main export products, with a quality highly rated on regional and international markets. Currently, the exportable pineapple and that intended for the domestic and regional market is produced mainly in 6 communes of Benin with the largest quantity of production in the commune of Allada.

sheanuts

Shea nut

Shea butter, generally used as cooking oil or soap, is widely exported to Europe, where it is used in chocolate making, cosmetology / pharmacology. Benin has a shea park that stretches from Atchérigbé to Malanville. The figures available at the national level show a relatively large population (about 6,550,000 plants of shea in the departments of Atacora and Donga). Beninese Shea has several comparative advantages in terms of quality, taste, price, virtue, many uses as well as its derivatives.

  • 6th largest producer in West Africa
  • 170.000 MT average production per year
  • Targeted production: 221.000 MT
  • Raw Shea Nuts product value : ~ USD 50 million
  • Export potential transformation worth: ~ USD 200 million
  • Diversify export markets : Sweden, United Kingdom, India, Indonesia, France, Denmark and the Netherlands
  • 1.23% Contribution to national GDP
  • 80% export
  • 20% of processed nuts

Shea nut

sheanuts

Shea butter, generally used as cooking oil or soap, is widely exported to Europe, where it is used in chocolate making, cosmetology / pharmacology. Benin has a shea park that stretches from Atchérigbé to Malanville. The figures available at the national level show a relatively large population (about 6,550,000 plants of shea in the departments of Atacora and Donga). Beninese Shea has several comparative advantages in terms of quality, taste, price, virtue, many uses as well as its derivatives

SOYA BEANS

Soya beans are processed for their oil and meal (for the animal feed industry). A smaller percentage is processed for human consumption and made into products including soy milk, soy flour, soy protein, tofu and many retail food products. Soybeans are also used in many non-food (industrial) products as well. In 2019, Benin sold 7,564 tonnes of soya beans globally.

  • Volume exported: ~31.000 MT
  • Targeted production: 200.000 MT
  • Available land: 70.000 Ha
  • The production is expected to hit 341,000 tons by 2030. Benin started exporting soyabeans with the assistance of the IAEA and FAO.
  • Diversify export markets: China, European Union, India, Vietnam, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Togo and other countries like Turkey, Belgium, Myanmar and Indonesia.
  • Less than 10% of processed fruits
  • 25% export

soya-beans

SOYA BEANS

Warehouse

Soya beans are processed for their oil and meal (for the animal feed industry). A smaller percentage is processed for human consumption and made into products including soy milk, soy flour, soy protein, tofu and many retail food products. Soybeans are also used in many non-food (industrial) products as well. In 2019, Benin sold 7,564 tonnes of soya beans globally.

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Agro-Processing Industries

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Timber Product Industries

agro processing industries at GDIZ Benin Africa

Agro-Processing Industries

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Cotton Textile and Apparels

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