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  • The 2019 SARA closes its doors with an excellent vintage

    Dec 7th, 2019

    The Agriculture and Animal Resources Fair (SARA) 2019 closed yesterday in Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire. An initial assessment was drawn during the closing ceremony chaired by Prime Minister Amadou Gon. Some 360,000 visitors visited SARA, up 20% from 2017, 29 countries were represented with France as the country of honor and 586 companies and organizations present. Some 21 foreign delegations visited SARA and thirteen ministers. In addition, " it is more than FCFA 238 billion (€ 363 million) that are projected in terms of investments for the coming years against FCFA 140 billion, at the 2017 editionSaid the prime minister. He reiterated the government's desire to further transform agricultural raw materials, be it cocoa, cotton, cashew, rubber or palm oil.

    During the SARA, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Souleymane Diarrassouba, launched the process of labeling the Attieke Lagunes and Baoulé loincloths in Protected Geographical Indications (PGI). The PGI confirms the quality and authenticity of the product, which often results in a higher price. Eight products in Côte d'Ivoire are in the process of being labeled. In Attiéké and the Baoulé loincloth, pilot products of this process, will be added the Katiola pottery, the Soubré cocoa, the Korhogo artisanal canvas, the Man mountain rice and coffee, and the Korhogo Kenth mango. .

    The first Agreen Start-up hackathon was launched during this fifth edition of SARA where 19 projects were in competition. The first prize in the confirmed start-up category went to BioSave which , through a multi- dial application, allows farmers to manufacture their fertilizer. The second came back to Atre Marché, a food ordering app and the third to Reca, a remote farmer app. In the start-up start-up category, the first prize was awarded to Agritech, a confirmed irrigation system, the second to Agri Banana, a solution for the production of biodegradable bags from banana trunks and the third to Pep ivoire a exotic fruit culture solution.

    The Cotton and Cashew Council and the Italian Forlivese nut trade firm have entered into a partnership agreement for the purchase of cashew kernels and in the future the processing in Côte d'Ivoire of raw cashew nuts. Together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the South African company Global Africa Integrated Farm has entered into a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement under the Tiébissou Integrated Agriculture Program (PAIT).

    On the institutional side, FAO has signed an agreement of FCFA 237 billion with the Ivorian government to finance the activities of 60 young people and 100 women from the rural world and to professionalize them. Fairtrade France, AVSF with their West African partners and the French Development Agency (AFD) have launched the second phase of the EQUITY 2019-2023 program in the amount of € 11.5 fair trade channels of cocoa, shea, cashew, fruits and crafts in six West African countries (Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, Togo and Benin). France has also signed several strategic partnerships for cooperation in agricultural education and the structuring of quality channels, drawn and sustainable