Nigeria

African Cashew Alliance seal expands as a new processing factory prepares to open in Ghana

Friday, May 31 2013

Joe Lamport

At the 2012 annual conference of the African Cashew Alliance, Kraft Foods and Intersnack, two of the world’s largest buyers of cashew nuts, signed an agreement with the alliance to implement a quality and sustainability seal to address those top concerns for buyers – and thereby make African processors’ cashews more competitive in world markets.

What a difference a year makes – three companies are now using the seal across Africa and eight more are being assessed to use it.

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What's Happening at the USAID Trade Hub

Friday, May 31 2013

Nanabea Adarkwah-Agyapong

Burt’s Bees joins the Global Shea Alliance

The Global Shea Alliance has welcomed Burt’s Bees as its newest member, and the company will also participate in the Alliance’s working group on sustainability.

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What's Happening at the USAID Trade Hub

Tuesday, April 30 2013

Nanabea Adarkwah-Agyapong

Global Shea Alliance participates at in-cosmetics, trains women in Ghana

The Global Shea Alliance, co-founded by the USAID Trade Hub in 2011, participated at the In-Cosmetics international trade show and the Union for Ethical Bio Trade conference in Paris, distributing more than 100 annual reports and membership directories to shea butter distributers, brands, and development agencies from around the world.

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Lagos to host African Cashew Alliance "Value Chain & Gains: World Cashew Festival" in September

Tuesday, April 30 2013

Xenia Défontaine, African Cashew Alliance

"Value Chain & Gains!," the African Cashew Alliance's World Cashew Festival and Expo2013, will take place Sept. 16-19 in Lagos, Nigeria, the Alliance has announced. The Eko Hotel Suites will host the event.

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What's Happening at the USAID Trade Hub

Sunday, March 31 2013

Nanabea Adarkwah-Agyapong

Border Information Center opens at the Port of Dakar

105 stakeholders in Senegal participated in the launch of West Africa’s fourth Border Information Center in Dakar. The new center is hosted by the Conseil Sénégalais des Chargeurs (COSEC).

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Quality, sustainability and practical business information at 'Shea 2013: Global Perspectives'

Sunday, March 31 2013

Craig Duncan

More than 500 representatives of all points in the shea value chain participated in the Global Shea Alliance’s “Global Perspectives” conference, held in Abuja, Nigeria, in March, and set the course for the future of an industry whose global significance grows with every year. Alliance members set up working groups on sustainability on the critical issues of quality and sustainability, and elected a new president.

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February 5 Highlights

Featuring an interview with Paul Brenton, the World Bank’s Trade Practice Manager for Africa, and a review of the success of the USAID Trade Hub’s access to finance strategy, the USAID Trade Hub’s monthly newsletter, Tradewinds, was delivered to more than 12,000 subscribers. www.watradehub.com/tradewinds

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Shea 2013: Global Perspectives puts industry sustainability in the spotlight

Thursday, January 31 2013

Megan Guidrey, Global Shea Alliance

Hundreds of shea companies will join high-level VIPs, including former President of Nigeria Ibrahim Babangida, Nigerian Deputy Minister of Trade, the Governor of Niger State, the Nigerian Minister of State for Federal Capitol, and the Benin Minister of Commerce, at Shea 2013: Global Perspectives, March 4-6 in Abuja, Nigeria. Sponsors have pledged more than $150,000 to support the event, expected to be the largest ever shea event in Africa.

Register online at www.globalshea.com !

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January 9 Highlights

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The Global Shea Alliance has released a draft of its sustainability strategy for the shea industry as it prepares for the sixth industry annual conference March 4-6 in Abuja, Nigeria. The conference has already surpassed $100,000 in sponsorship support. The strategy places women’s livelihoods as its central focus and is available online at www.globalshea.com.

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What's Happening at the USAID Trade Hub

Wednesday, December 26 2012

Nanabea Adarkwah-Agyapong

Bankers learn about USAID Trade Hub access to finance initiatives

80 finance experts discussed constraints that limit small and medium enterprises’ access to finance and learned about the USAID Trade Hub’s innovative work to improve access during a meeting organized by Ecobank Togo in Lome. The USAID Trade Hub’s work with the African Cashew Alliance, the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development and the West African Development Bank were the focus of a presentation by the USAID Trade Hub.

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