Togo remains EU’s top organic soybean supplier, worldwide

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(Togo First) - For the second consecutive year, Togo is the country that exported the largest volume of organic soyabeans to Europe. The West African nation, according to a report recently released by the EU Commission, sent 51,000tons of the crop to the Schengen Area.  

This is 20% more than the volume it exported to the same region in 2019, which was 42,300tons. 

In the 2020 ranking, Togo came ahead of Ukraine (28,000 tons), India (15,000 tons), and Kazakhstan (11,000tons). Other African countries that distinguished themselves include Uganda (8,000tons), Benin (6,000tons), and Burkina Faso (5,000 tons).

Regarding organic agro-food products, the report’s authors indicated that Togo exported 54,017tons to the EU in 2020 (against 44,684 tons the year before). It ranked 13th worldwide in this aspect, and second in Africa, standing behind Tunisia and right before Egypt - the same as in 2019. 

According to Togolese authorities, the country’s performances, “once again are proof that the government gives particular attention to organic farming and to the actors of this agricultural value chain.” By particular attention, the authorities refer, among others, to a battery of reforms launched via the Mécanisme incitatif de financement agricole (Mifa), a mechanism to boost agricultural financing.

Togo produced 176,000 tons of soyabeans in 2019-2020. Of this volume, 160,000 tons of organic and non-organic beans were exported, for about CFA50 billion.

Esaïe Edoh