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Success Story: Estelle Ahobade, a woman pineapple processor expanding into the regional markets

Mrs. Estelle Ahobade, Managing Director of the Zoe Rohi, pineapple processing company, a beneficiary of PINEX project in Benin

Mrs. Estelle Ahobade is a 38-year-old female pineapple processor located in the Municipality of Ze and well known in the regional market with her Jus Zoe brand.
In 2018, Estelle graduated from The National School of Applied Economics and Management as a Bank Affairs specialist. After two years in an international company as a junior staff member, she resigned and decided to create her own business.
In 2020, she noticed the breadth of pineapple post -harvest loss as an opportunity for business. Estelle decided to start processing the pineapple into juice to address that post-harvest loss. This is where her business story started, with Zoe Rohi as the name of her micro company in a small, rented apartment in Cotonou. With the assistance of her husband and children, Estelle ran her family business Zoe Rohi to grow. She wanted to scale up her production, but limited by the tightness of their apartment, the small size of the processing equipment she was using and the low running capital fund and access to fresh pineapple.
Estelle addressed the raw materials challenge first, by moving to a village in the Municipality of Ze where most pineapple is grown. Contracting with pineapple producers, Estelle could gradually increase her juice productivity and add more processing equipment. Once again, she was confronted with the lack of an outlet market to sell her products.
By confiding in one of her processor friends, Estelle heard of and got PINEX project contacts. PINEX was interested in Zoe’s business. Estelle and her staff benefitted from training in hygiene and processing best practices to meet quality standards for her juice. PINEX assisted Zoe Rohi company to obtain the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS) certificate that gives her juice access to the regional market of 15 ECOWAS country members. PINEX gave Estelle the opportunity to take part her first prospective tour in Senegal.
Estelle’s foray into ECOWAS brought her a wealth of business opportunities to supply her pineapple juice to the Senegalese market on a regular basis. Estelle confided to PINEX that the Senegal experience opened and broadened her mind on the great opportunities in regional markets. Estelle has recorded a 40% increase in turnover thanks to PINEX’s support in marketing her products at regional fairs sponsored by PINEX. Zoe Rohi has sold 140MT of pineapple juice in regional markets valued at $99,200 in 2022. Zoe Rohi employs 15 staff including nine women. She hopes to become one of the leading pineapple processing companies supplying pineapple juice in West Africa and in international markets soon.

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Credit Program Officer, Ferdinand Dahoueto is addressing participants questions on the quality of loan application. Abomey-Calavi, April 2023. Credit: Epiphane Adjadji, PfD.

On Wednesday, April 12, 2023, as part of the implementation of the Agricultural Lending and Access to inputs component of the PINEX project, Partners for Development (PfD) and the Federation of Agricultural Credit and Mutual Savings Banks (FECECAM-Benin) brought together 24 pineapple processors including 8 women’s companies, all beneficiaries of the PINEX Project. The training, which took place at the CLCAM Abomey-Calavi premises, focused on the composition and quality of loan application.
Based on the observation that many micro, small and medium-sized enterprises struggle to pass the application review stage with microfinance institutions, PfD initiated this information and awareness session led by FECECAM on the content of a loan application file. Participants were given a detailed explanation of the various components of the file to be submitted, the different types of guarantees, the facilitation of the National Agricultural Development Fund (FNDA), the importance of the professional card and the need to organize themselves into a formal company.

The representative of Pineapple Processors is handing to the Minister of Agriculture a copy of the advocacy points. Credit: Epiphane Adjadji, PfD

On Thursday, March 30, 2023, PINEX organized a ceremony to celebrate the Rights of Women as part of the International Women’s Day 2023 around the theme, “Advocacy of Women Entrepreneurs of the Pineapple Sector. They, the women producers, processors, traders of pineapple and pineapple by-products have seized the opportunity offered to them to address a plea to the Ministry of Agriculture.
As far as production is concerned the non-availability in sufficient quantity and everywhere of the pineapple specific fertilizer is hampering the production activities of the women producers. for processing, the women pleaded for the introduction of a lighter and shorter version of the inspection procedures, with a lower and affordable cost to meet the inspection standards for the marketing authorization of their products. At the commercial level, women pleaded for equity and objectivity in the application of community pricing rules in favor of pineapple from Benin and all its derived products in the WAEMU and ECOWAS space. Benin will gain in competitiveness and increased export revenues.
As far as the Nigerian market is concerned, NAFDAC certification is a huge non-tariff barrier to any official trade with Nigeria. The “Amazon” women entrepreneurs of the pineapple sector in Benin, solicit the assistance of the Minister to engage in negotiations with the Federal Government of Nigeria, to have Nigeria effectively apply this 75% exemption from the NAFDAC inspection cost in favor of Beninese companies. Access to the Nigerian market is a guarantee of the creation of many direct and indirect jobs for companies.
The Minister of Agriculture recalled some of the major achievements of the PINEX project for the benefit of women involved in pineapple production and processing. In response to the women’s plea, he promised to discuss the various points raised with his fellow ministers concerned. The Minister also urged PfD and the DEFIA program to further promote the Geographical Indication label of the pineapple sugar loaf of the Allada plateau. He urged women to combine their efforts and pool their knowledge so that the pineapple sector can grow for the benefit of our country.

On October 23rd 2022, Jacques Lauriac, long time board member of Partners for Development (PfD) and co-founder with Joel Montague of our predecessor organization, American Friends of Action Internationale Contre la Faim, passed away peacefully at age 94 in his hometown of Biarritz in southwestern France.

After earning a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Paris in the late 1940s Jacques moved to the USA where he became a U.S. citizen, served in the U.S. Army in Korea, and then earned an M.A. in International Management from Thunderbird University in Arizona in the early 1950s. Jacques then joined the American humanitarian organization Cooperative for Relief & Assistance Everywhere (CARE) and over the course of 26 years with them served as a country director in many countries, including Sri Lanka, Yugoslavia, Libya, Haiti, and Vietnam.

In the 1980s when the French relief organization International Action Against Hunger decided to open an American chapter it tapped Jacques to create the legal and administrative structure for that, including formation of the first Board. In this regard, Jacques’s first recruit was his former CARE colleague and long-time friend, Joel Montague. The first office of American Friends of AICF was in New York City where friends Valerie Parr and Bill Mazurek helped out greatly in terms of space and other important areas.

After Jacques left as first Executive Director of American Friends of AICF in latter 1991 he was thereafter instrumental in the start-up of our work in Cambodia and also took on temporary management positions both there and in Bosnia & Herzegovina until we could place more permanent staff. Jacques also helped on exploratory trips to Afghanistan and to Haiti.

In 1996, a legal agreement with AICF led to the creation of Partners for Development with retention of then staff and programs and several trustees. Joel Montague served as first board Chair of PfD with Jacques staying on for many years on the Board and then serving several years after that as an Advisory Member. With more free time, Jacques was also able to devote more energy to painting.

Jacques returned to Biarritz in 2016 around which time his long-time companion and friend to PfD, Magali Alleaume, unfortunately passed away.

Jacques was charismatic, blessed with enormous energy and intelligence that he used in working on behalf of underserved persons around the world for more than four decades.

PfD will futher honor Jacques Lauriac with a Celebration of Life on Saturday, January 7th 2023.

International Trade Fairs

Pineapple Exporting company Manager is discussing with pineapple importers with the support of PINEX’s technical staff at the Fruit Logitisca Fruit Fair in Berlin. April 2022. Credit: PfD

From April 06 to 10, 2022, PINEX collaborated with the Belgian project DEFIA and the World Bank project PACOFIDE, to assist ten pineapple exporters, Top

Exo, Costa Benin, Fam Service, Agri shop, Tresor Plus Inter, Amas d’Or, PMA Negoce, l’Authenic du Bénin and Les Fruits Tillou to participate in the international Fruit Logistica fair in Berlin. PINEX partially financed four exporters and decorated the Benin 30m2 booth.

During the trade fair, the exporters talked to potential buyers about Benin’s unique Sugar Loaf and Smooth Cayenne pineapple, organized taste testing, and negotiated contracts with fresh fruits importers from all over Europe. During the trade fair the PMA Negoce export company signed with a French importer to deliver 32 MT of sugarloaf pineapple per month, with other exporters needing send initial samples and proposals before signing contracts.

National Market Fairs and Promotions

From April 11th to 30th 2022, PINEX assisted the Akpa juice processing company to display its pineapple and blended fruit juices at two different Erevan supermarket locations in Cotonou, one in the Akpakpa and the other near the airport. With PINEX assistance, Akpa developed publicity materials and trained staff in how to market and offer samples of the juice to Erevan shoppers. During the three weeks promotion, Akpa sold 2.5MT (88,185 ounces) of pineapple and juice blends. (Erevan is the larget supermarket in Benin)National-Trade_Akpa-Juice-during-Promotion-at-Erevan

Pineapple Processing company, Akpa is promoting its pineapple juice at the Erevan supermarket in Cotonou. April 2022. Credit: Akpa.


Alladjodjo CEO of the Pineapple processing company, PROMO Fruit from Benin Republic. Credit: Epiphane Adjadji,PfD

In 2001, Mr. Dieudonne Aladjodjo, a pineapple farmer based in Allada, southern Benin where pineapple is grown, created the Promo Fruit Benin processing company to process Benin’s sweet Sugar Loaf pineapple into juice for local markets. He called the juice IRA, in recognition of his pineapple farmers’ association, Initiative to Promote Pineapple (Initiative pour la Relance de l’Ananas, IRA in French). Mr. Aladjodjo was soon selling IRA pineapple juice in stores and markets throughout Benin.

Over the years. Promo Fruits Benin grew steadily and by 2014 it began to sell IRA pineapple juice in some neighboring countries, including Niger, Burkina Faso, and Ivory Coast.

In 2016, Promo Fruit Benin began working with the Pineapple Processing for Export (PINEX) project. Specifically, PINEX trained Promo Fruit staff on best processing and hygiene practices and included it on several trade fairs both in Benin and internationally. Travel to international markets enabled Promo Fruits Benin to execute contracts with buyers in both Senegal and Morocco. Close to 90% of Promo Fruits Benin business is to regional countries, with sales topping $8.1 million in 2021.

To meet increased demand for these international contracts and to help Promo Fruits Benin grow further, PINEX has worked with the company in several key areas: (a) Boosting productivity and pineapple quality by employing more modern farming techniques — in an environmentally sustainable manner that also emphasizes gender sensitivity and better labor practices;  (b) Improving physical infrastructure by partnering with them to build a warehouse in February 2019 that is 48 ft in length by 34 ft in width and 12 ft in height; (c) Providing a mechanism for ongoing training of its 2,880 members with a dedicated classroom located beside the warehouse; (d) Improving access to key inputs for producers as the company buys fertilizer and then provides to members on credit, with the cost of the fertilizer being subtracted from the amount Promo Fruits Benin pays the members for their pineapple harvest; (e)  Increasing access to credit, specifically training IRA Loan Officers in vetting applications, helping producers draft stronger loan applications, implementing loan management software, and providing tablets and motorcycles for IRA Loan Officers.

Canned Pineapple Juice from Promo Fruit being loaded in a truck for the Nigeria market. Credit: Epiphane Adjadji, PfD

For several years, Promo Fruits Benin has aimed to enter the Nigeria market — in the formal sector, not through the Black Market or underground economy. Given that Nigeria is next door to Benin, has a large population of over 200 million persons, has no other countries supplying pineapple in meaningful quantities (unlike in Europe where Costa Rica and its multinational partners Dole and Del Monte have huge market share), and has a structural demand for fresh and processed pineapple products (it produces about four times as much pineapple as Benin but has a population about fifteen times larger), trade potential there is enormous.  In October 2020, Promo Fruits Benin finally secured an approval from Nigeria’s National Agency for Food & Drug Administration (NAFDAC), an impressive feat given that agency’s considerable red tape and very large fees for approval. PINEX then began working with Promo Fruits Benin to plan a market tour of Nigerian juice distributors and retailers.

Before traveling to Nigeria, PINEX assisted Promo Fruit Benin to design and print 5,000 IRA juice publicity posters and flyers to be distributed during the market tour. Then from August 16th to 29th 2021, PINEX assisted Mr. Aladjodjo and his marketing manager, Mr. Lantefo, to conduct a two-week market tour within Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous city of 22 million people, and to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital in the central part of the country. During the two-week market tour, they visited 20 wholesale and retail juice buyers, promoting IRA juice, which is 100% pineapple juice with no extra sugar or other  additives; they  gave out hundreds of juice samples so buyers could taste and see the quality themselves

By the end of the tour, Promo Fruit had sold an initial 2,500 cartons of 24 eight-ounce cans of IRA juice (480,000 ounces), valued at $22,000 and had negotiated contracts with three Nigerian companies for 800,000 ounces a month of pineapple and pineapple-ginger blend juices to test out their market. Though these initial Nigerian sales make up a very small percentage of Promo Fruits Benin’s export sales, Mr. Aladjodjo plans a second marketing trip to Nigeria in April 2022 to visit his new customers and expand sales to other cities. His goal is to make IRA pineapple juice as well-known in Nigeria as it is in Benin.

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Pineapple Processing for Export (PINEX) is a $14.76 million, eight-year project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). PINEX has three goals of improving pineapple productivity, improving product processing, and increasing pineapple trade.

The proximity of Benin to Nigeria represents a huge market opportunity for PINEX project beneficiaries, especially pineapple processing companies.  However, before Benin’s pineapple processors can get access to the Nigerian market, all products going into Nigeria must be registered with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

NAFDAC’s mandate is to protect Nigeria’s public health by instituting a regulatory system that ensures only high-quality food and drugs are manufactured, exported, imported, advertised, distributed, and sold in Nigerian markets. For years, Benin pineapple processors have tried to get a NAFADAC agreement, without success.

Partners for Development (PfD/Benin), through avast cleanup serial key 2017 the PINEX project and with help from PfD/Nigeria, organized an insightful two-day training on November 15th and 16th, 2021 followed by three days of site visits of six pineapple processors. During the training, the Nigerian consulting firm, Gill Consultancy tackled the NAFDAC requirements for registering Benin’s pineapple products. During the factory site visits, the consultants asked the pineapple processors questions and conducted inspections that the processing license key bytefence free 2018 companies could expect during a real NAFDAC audit. At the end of the training and site visits, the pineapple processors stated they understood a lot more about NAFDAC.


From November 25 to 28, 2021, several pineapple processing companies, and organic fertilizer producers, all beneficiaries of the Pineapple Processing for Export (PINEX) Project, took part in Benin’s first International Agricultural, Agribusiness Modernization Exhibition, SIMA, held at the Mathieu Kerekou Friendship Stadium in Cotonou.

The SIMA aimed to enhance Benin’s agricultural and agribusiness potential by integrating modern mechanization into production and processing to increase agricultural product yields. It also presented new technological solutions adapted to African environments for successful agricultural developments, especially during codigo de licencia teamviewer 12 COVID-19.

PINEX’s support enabled 11 pineapple processing companies, including CARDA, Benin Discount, CFTB, CSFT, ISTMAST Trading, CODJEA, TRANS AGRO INDUSTRIE, OJA, and GOLDEN CORPORATE, to participate in SIMA. The presence of PINEX beneficiaries at SIMA helped make their pineapple products malwarebytes 3.2.2 key better known to the many visitors who love pineapple and its processed products. The event was a great opportunity for them to make new business contacts and gain new customers

A woman is learning how to use a bag-in-box using a semi automatic filler
A woman is learning how to use a bag-in-box using a semi automatic filler

A cashew apple processor practices how to use a bag-in-box




On September 29 2021, Partners for Development (PfD), with the aim of modernizing the processing and conservation of cashew apple juice, trained a group of cashew apple processors in the packaging of cashew apple juice using bag-in-boxes, a solution to the problem of conservation of cashew apple juice.

Four cashew apple processing companies – Arigbo from Dassa-Zoumé, Yomblo from Savalou, Les Merveilles de l’Eternel from Djougou and Agbara Olouwa from Dassa-Zoumé – gathered at the pineapple processing companies, Etrapa Industries. They acquired knowledge on the proper ways to handle and fill bag-in-boxes. Trainees had the opportunity to practice filling the bag-in-boxes in different ways – manually and using a semi-automatic filler.

The bag-in-boxes were offered to cashew apple processors who live in the northern and southern parts of Benin, a storage means to send quality cashew apple juice to pineapple processors. Such means of storage also encourages the processors of cashew apple to increase the quantity of cashew apple processed into juice for storage and later conditioning outside the telecharger auto tune 7 + crack periods of harvest and processing, which was a major challenge for cashew apple processors.

The training was also an opportunity for the cashew apple processors to meet with pineapple processing companies, ETRAPA Industries and Benin Discount, to reinforce their business relationship as a follow up to strengthening the partnership between the cashew apple processors and pineapple processors, in order to improve and market cashew-pineapple download netcut gigapurbalingga juice. During their meeting, the processors discussed the production and marketing of the blend juice from the last production season and made plans for the coming season beginning February 2022. During the next season of cashew apple juice production, the cashew apple processors will supply bulk cashew apple juice to pineapple processors to make cashew-pineapple blend juice.

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