Historic record of West African shea exports in 2019-2020

Shea Nut
Burkina Faso
Published Nov 27, 2020

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West Africa exported no less than 500,000 tonnes of shea between August 2019 and July 2020, the start and end dates of the campaign. This is what the statistics collected by investigators from the N'kalo network have just revealed. The 2017-2018 record is broken. In five years, shipments of this African vegetable fat have almost doubled, with Europe as the main destination. It absorbs 80% of West African exports. Growing food use in Europe Shea has become a substitute for cocoa butter or palm oil in chocolate confectionery, and a flavor enhancer in a whole host of agrifood products. This is not the case in the United States, which already has soybean oil-based fats, and where the use of shea is strictly reduced to cosmetics. The other two big buyers of West African shea are Malaysia and India. Ghana, Burkina Faso and Benin on the export podium Ghana has become the leading African exporter of shea. And by far. With half of the tonnages, the English-speaking West African country has ...
Source: Rfi
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