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During the first week of April, 2017, Mavuno Harvest founder Phil Hughes took a trip to West Africa (Cote D’Ivoire and Burkina Faso) in preparation for the upcoming mango season.
West Africa grows a few different varieties of mango including Brooks, Amelie, Keit and Kent. Each mango grows in different conditions, ripens at different times throughout the year and has it’s own unique flavor profile.
Since 2014, Mavuno Harvest has worked with farming cooperatives in Burkina Faso to export their dried mangos to the United States. As Mavuno Harvest grows in the US, the company has needed to source more and more mango which is good news for farmers looking for a market.
Here are a few pictures from the trip:
The typical market for mangos which is inherently inefficient:
The leaders of a local mango farming cooperative in Burkina Faso (near Niangoloko) showing off their fresh and dried mango:
Getting a tour of the brand new mango drying facility in Burkina Faso (near Bobo Dioulasso):