Dried Fruits Ghana

Do you have a fruit or vegetable drying or processing business in Ghana? And are you interested in an improved market position in the European Union (EU)? The Netherlands Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) can help you. If you want an improved market position in the EU, CBI's Dried Fruits Ghana project offers you good opportunities:

  • Find out which opportunities there are for your company in the European markets;
  • Learn more about European requirements, legislation and certification;
  • Learn everything you need to know to be a successful exporter;
  • Take part in joint export shipments to the EU;
  • Get assistance from our sector experts;
  • Exhibit at leading international trade fairs.

The deadline for completing the application form was 15 September 2023. 

Project details

Currently, a few partly foreign-owned companies dominate the Ghanaian dried fruit sector. CBI's Dried Fruits Ghana project aims to support Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the dried fruit sub-sector by organising joint export shipments. This will enable the selected SMEs to grow their exports and generate job opportunities for the Ghanaian youth. This project will help Ghanaian SMEs to:

  • Improve productivity;
  • Meet quality, food safety and sustainability requirements;
  • Obtain relevant certification (food safety, sustainability);
  • Be introduced to European buyers  
  • Improve marketing and sales capabilities  
  • Organise and participate in joint export shipments;
  • Employ talented young people in their businesses.

This will help the sector become resilient and sustainable.

What can you expect from this CBI project?

CBI offers technical assistance through practical business export coaching. This project is for export-ready SMEs in the Ghanaian dried fruits sector. CBI prepares your company with the skills and knowledge you need to enter the European market and supports you with joint export shipments. The project includes:

  • Individual company coaching provided by international and local sector experts;
  • Help to create an international go-to-market strategy;
  • Advice on what certification is suitable for your market entry strategy;
  • Coaching on certification;
  • Help to improve your responsible business conduct;
  • Links to EU buyers and importers, and potential participation in relevant trade fairs;
  • Training on specific topics such as food safety standards, marketing, packaging, costing and pricing, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Who can apply?

This project is for Ghanaian companies active in the processed fruit and vegetable sector.

Products: dried mango, dried pineapple, dried coconut and other dried fruits.

You can apply for this project if your company meets these requirements:

  • SME, processing company and (potential) exporter with 25-500 employees;
  • Offers dried fruits products for export;
  • At least 51% locally owned;
  • No licensing commitments that prohibit or limit export possibilities of products to the EU.

What do we expect from you?

CBI is looking for ambitious and highly motivated SMEs that are:

  • Fully committed to the activities and external coaching throughout the project;
  • Committed to investing in the necessary changes to become successful in the European market and increase sustainability. Changes may apply to staff allocation, your products, production and export marketing;
  • Willing to invest time into the export action plan made for their company;
  • Willing to take part with dedicated and qualified people during all CBI visits, workshops and training sessions;
  • Willing to invest in improving sustainable business  practices in their company; and
  • Ambitious and motivated to take the next step with their company.


You do not have to pay a fee to take part in this project. CBI will finance most project-related costs. But participants must pay for the following costs:

  • Flights and other travel expenses for international events;
  • Domestic travel expenses if training sessions are outside your city.

More information

For questions or more information about this project, please contact us at agriculture@cbi.eu.

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