Due to its favourable climate, rich soils and large areas
of arable land, a wide variety of food crops are grown in
The Gambia. However, due to inadequate storage and handling
facilities and limited added value and processing plants,
large quantities of produce are wasted each year. For example
post harvest fish losses are high, estimated at 20-30%. Traditional
processing of fish in The Gambia is an important means of
making fish available to consumers, especially those living
in rural areas. The market for cured / smoked fish is expanding,
although inadequate market information and low level of organisation
among producers and traders limit the efficiency of the trade.
With a growing urban population and a large tourism industry,
The Gambia currently imports large quantities of processed
food and drink products, which could be supplied using processed
local materials. Regional markets in neighbouring countries
are also a potential market and are already being supplied
by a number of food and drink processing companies based in
There are a number of firms already involved in giving added-value
to food and drinks namely: GAMBEGA (bottling plant), Gamwater,
King Kombo (distillery), ComAfrique (nuts), Lyncoln Solutions
(machinery), Pelican Seafood and others.
Processing and packaging of out of season and exotic
fruit and vegetables for the Western European market.
• Freezing, canning and drying of fruit and vegetables
for the export market.
• Processing and packaging fruit and vegetables
for the urban population of The Gambia.
• Supply of fruit and vegetables for the hotel and
restaurant trade in The Gambia.
• Processing and packaging of high quality nuts
and dried fruit for the tourist and export markets.
• Processing and packaging of fruit juices for the
domestic and export markets.
• Production of soft drinks for the domestic and