Onion production in Africa must be adapted to international competition

In Senegal, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Investment Fund for Agriculture and Trade in Africa (AATIF) made a joint announcement on an investment of 13 million euros to finance the construction of an onion dehydration plant in Senegal.

Onions are one of the most dynamic regional sectors of West Africa. In Senegal, in ten years, its production has increased tenfold and now reaches 400,000 tons. Nigeria and Niger are the two leaders in the region with 600,000 and 500,000 tons produced. However, despite these large tonnages, these African countries remain, with a few exceptions, major importers.

This means that Nigeria, the leading producer in West Africa, must, despite an annual harvest of 600,000 tons, still import onions. Senegal, where households consume 800 tons of it every day, is also forced to import. In 2017, the country absorbed a third of onion exports From the Netherlands.

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