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 The Gambia.
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
• 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
• Production of soft drinks for the domestic and regional markets.