When Minister Simon Coveney led an Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia trade mission to Africa recently, it was a complete contrast with the mission he led at the start of the year to the US to relaunch Irish beef.

It was a switch from one of the most sophisticated and wealthy markets on earth to one of the most underdeveloped and poorest. Yet a few days in Nigeria and Ghana highlighted the untapped potential of this part of Africa. Nigeria has some superb savannah grasslands where a combination of heat, periodic rains and fertile soils have potential for serious production.