USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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With investment, poultry farm offers new protein supply in Niger

Niger regularly records some of the highest malnutrition and mortality rates in the world—with more than 40 percent of children under 5 years of age suffering from chronic malnutrition—due to protracted food insecurity and prevalent infectious diseases. One solution is eggs, an inexpensive source of high-quality protein. But Niger has a shortfall of 200 million… Read More

Take a bow wow: Ghanaian apparel firm stitches innovative product for U.S. dog market

American company PAW5 specializes in products to stimulate dogs mentally while feeding them—like Wooly Snuffle Mats, which hide dog food so the animal must hunt and forage through them for dinner. As well as being intent that their product enriches the lives of the pets who use it, PAW5 is committed to building a sustainable… Read More

In Senegal’s River Valley, Financière Africaine Secures Loans for Farmers

Mr. Madiop Diop, a farmer in northern Senegal, is in the process of acquiring a combined harvester through Financière Africaine, a financial advisory firm offering financial services and investments to small agribusinesses in the Senegal River Valley. The cost of operating the machine is $45,000, but Mr. Diop could rent it to surrounding farmers, achieving… Read More

Business relationship lifts Ivorian cashew farmer incomes

In northern Côte d’Ivoire, M’bengue’s bountiful cashew harvests have made it a strategic production center for the Société Coopérative d’Anacarde du Kafigue (SCAK), which buys raw cashews from 1,400 producers spread over 3,000 hectares there and in surrounding villages. One of them, Kassinibin Coulibaly, started cultivating cashew rather than cotton almost 20 years ago. Since… Read More

With financing, Ghanaian producer joins sorghum boom

A Ghanaian grain producer has leveraged Trade Hub financial consulting to join a regional sorghum production boom, strengthening its partnership with Ghana’s largest brewery and impacting the lives of thousands of farmers. Thanks to business advisory services from the Trade Hub’s financial advisors network, Precision Farms obtained two significant bank loans in mid 2015. With… Read More

Workshops offer training before Sierra Leone’s AGOA national strategy launch

Ahead of Sierra Leone’s U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) strategy launch, two Trade Hub-hosted workshops for national officials focused on AGOA standards and other customs procedures. The Freetown trainings, hosted on November 15 and 16, attracted participants from Sierra Leone’s Department of Foreign Trade, the Executive Office of the Permanent Secretary, and the… Read More

Seventh country drops bureaucratic requirement in West Africa

The Gambia became the latest West African country this fall to abolish the requirement of certificates of origin (COO) for agricultural traders, thanks to year-long efforts of the Trade Hub and its Gambian partner, the Association of Farmers, Educators, and Traders (AFET). The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) officially eliminated the COO requirement… Read More

Ghana’s newly inaugurated Association of Ghanaian Apparel Manufacturers (AGAM) partners with government to develop apparel exports

“If an apparel firm right here in Ghana has been able to employ 3,000 workers in three years, can you imagine how many people would be employed if all 14 [apparel association members] each employ 3,000 people?” said Mr. Alex Deprez, USAID West Africa’s Mission Director at the launch of the Association of Ghana Apparel… Read More

Ivoirians and Ghanaians learn AGOA customs procedures

Three information sessions taught by Trade Hub experts in Abidjan and Accra shared procedural and strategic trade insights with over 100 stakeholders from various value chains, governmental departments, and trade support institutions Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and in Accra, Ghana. The events on November 2 and 7 delved into standard operating procedures for the U.S. African… Read More

Ivorian Ministry of Commerce launches AGOA National Strategy with Trade Hub and AfDB support

The Ivorian Ministry of Commerce — in collaboration with the USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub project (Trade Hub) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) — launched an AGOA National Strategy for the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, October 30 in Abidjan. The document was formulated based on priority sectors such as the clothing and… Read More

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