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  • The Pineapple Sector Relaunch Project (REFILA) is the national component of the West Africa Competitiveness Programme (WACOMP) for the Republic of Guinea. The objective of REFILA is to improve the performance of the Guinean pineapple sector by optimising this value chain at the production, processing and marketing levels and ensure its integration into regional and international markets

    As such, WACOMP Guinea contributes to inclusive and sustainable economic growth as well as a favourable business environment in the country.

    ITC's role in WACOMP Guinea

    As an implementing partner of the WACOMP Guinea programme, the International Trade Centre (ITC) is working on facilitating access to the international market for Guinean pineapple with the aim of reviving the sector. ITC's approach to developing this sector will work in the following four areas:

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    The pineapple sector’s importance

    The analysis of the pineapple sector has shown great potential for the development of this crop in Guinea. Currently, pineapple accounts for about 20% of the world's tropical fruit production and is the second most cultivated exotic fruit after banana. World pineapple production has doubled over the last 25 years to more than 25.4 million tonnes per year. The growth of the fresh pineapple industry has averaged 6% per year since 2000.

    In West Africa, pineapple production is dominated by Ghana, the region's largest exporter, followed by Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Benin and Nigeria. The MD-2 variety accounts for roughly 90% (2014) of all pineapples grown in ECOWAS countries.

    The pineapple varieties produced in Guinea are the smooth Cayenne, Baroness de Rothschild and Queen (Tahiti and Victoria). Among the local varieties, the Baronne de Rothschild is known for its thorny leaves, especially on the crown, its excellent quality and short storage period, thus favouring its adaptation to niche markets and export by air.
    The smooth Cayenne, on the other hand, is the primary variety cultivated in Guinea. It is characterised to have a long shelf life (over 3 weeks) and is well-adapted to transport by ship.

    However, the production and processing levels, the conformity to norms and standards and the consumer qualities of the Guinea pineapple need to be improved for improved opportunities in the sub-regional and international markets.

    The programme and its partners

    Launched in 2019, WACOMP Guinea – REFILA is financed by the European Union through the eleventh European Development Fund (EDF) for the implementation of the Regional Indicative Programme (RIP) for West Africa and will last four years.

    It is implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the COLEACP association for sustainable agriculture.

    The programme will be implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture; the Ministry of Investment and Public-Private Partnerships; the Ministry of Industry and SMEs; the Ministry of Trade; and professional organisations and other stakeholders in the pineapple value chains. Other key partners in the implementation of the programme will be FEPAF-BG, IRAG, CRAAF, IGNM, ONCQ, AGUIPEX, CCIAG, APIP, AGUIPE and SENOFED.

    For more on the WACOMP Programme:

    WACOMP Regional
    WACOMP Senegal
    WACOMP Sierra Leone

  • In collaboration with

    Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)


    A Project Funded by the European Union


  • Contact

    Aissatou Diallo
    Senior Coordinator, AfCFTA and LDCs
    Email: diallo@intracen.org
    Tel: +41-22 730 0284

    Yared Befecadu
    Programme Manager (WACOMP Regional, WACOMP Sierra Leone and WACOMP Guinea)
    Email: befecadu@intracen.org
    Tel: +41-22 730 0434

    Thomas Bechmann
    Programme Manager (WACOMP Senegal)
    Email : bechmann@intracen.org
    Tel : +41-22-730 0293