The government of Togo has inaugurated its first fruit and vegetable processing unit, developed in Tsevie. Minister Myriam Dossou-D'Almeida performed the ceremony.
The initiative, led by the FAIEJ - the Fund for Support to Youth-led Business Projects - was backed, technically and financially, by the GIZ's Sustainable Economic Development Program. The facility will mainly make tomato paste and pineapple juice.
With regards to fresh fruit and vegetables, Togo primarily exports pineapples (fresh and processed), leafy green vegetables and other ethnic products to Europe. Although still at low levels, exports of fruit and vegetables from Togo to the European Union (EU) have more than doubled over the past ten years while exports to the WAEMU region have increased by almost 30% over the same period.
Horticulture offers one of the few income generating opportunities for women in rural and urban areas and therefore has a considerable impact on development.