Webinar: Opportunities for East African oilseeds exporters on the European market

Europe imported almost 20 billion euros worth of oilseeds in 2022. Most imports are bulk commodities for processing and feed purposes, but there is also a good share of specialty seeds, such as sesame, food-grade soybean, and chia seeds. Among Europe's suppliers are several East African countries. Uganda has become Africa's main exporter of chia seeds, and there are sesame imports of several million euros from Ethiopia. 

In this webinar we will analyse the trade flows and discuss opportunities for oilseed suppliers in this region. We will focus on questions such as:

  • How is the oilseed trade developing between East Africa and Europe?
  • Which products, markets and segments offer opportunities in Europe?
  • What are the reasons for buyers to source in East Africa?
  • What do you need to become an exporter to Europe?


For whom?

The webinar is for entrepreneurs and business support organisations active in the grains, pulses and oilseeds sector and interested in exporting to the European market.

(Preliminary) agenda

15:00 – 15:05 Opening remarks and introduction by Hans Mensah.

15:05 – 15:30 Trade and opportunities between East Africa and Europe by Michel Peperkamp

15:30 – 15:35 Questions and answers.

15:35 – 15:55 Guest speaker: Sourcing oilseeds in East Africa.

15:55 – 16:15 Panel discussion 



Hans Mensah will host this webinar. Hans is CBI's programme manager for market intelligence for the grains, pulses and oilseeds sector. Presenters include:

Michel Peperkamp, market specialist at ICI Business

Michel Peperkamp

Michel is a researcher and export consultant in the food (ingredients) and oilseeds industry. He has guided trade missions and companies looking for new markets in Europe. He has been CBI's lead researcher in the grains, pulses and oilseeds sector for over 8 years. 

In this webinar, Michel will provide an overview of the oilseed trade, with a particular focus on potential opportunities for East African suppliers.

Marco Fischer, CEO of Nungesser

Marco Fischer

Marco is the CEO of Nungesser, a leading sourcing and distribution company for various food ingredients. The company specialises in the sustainable sourcing of organic seeds, pulses and nuts. Nungesser imports organic sesame and organic chia from East Africa, mainly from Uganda.

More information

For more information, please contact programme manager Hans Mensah via the contact form.

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Thursday, December 7, 2023


Online, 15:00 – 16:15 CET

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Opportunities for East African oilseeds exporters on the European market

7 December 2023