International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) in collaboration with Common Fund for Commodities, Food and Agriculture Organiztion (FAO) and the Nigerian National Horticultural Institute organized a workshop on "Enhancing participation in the value chain and establishing markets for tropical fruits smallholders in Africa' from 28-29 April 2011 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Nineteen (19) senior agricultural officers from eleven countries - Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo attended the workshop to discuss on improving market access of tropical fruits through enhancements of the components of the value chain.
Objectives of the workshop included assessing market issues for fruits in participating countries, provide information on smallholder integration along the value chain, addressing issues on the threat of fruit fly on fruit exports, developing a proposal for TFNet to implement and action plan and endorse the establishment of an African Tropical Fruit Network (Afri TFNet).
The workshop proposed a project to establish a regional market information and dissemination system on tropical fruits in Africa. The other proposed project relates to the enhancement of smallholder participation in the fruit value chain through farmers association and capacity building. It was also proposed that all projects be implemented utilizing the participatory approach with total engagement of all smallholders. The African Tropical Fruit Network (Afri TFNet) was also established.
The project was completed with the publication of a project completion report.