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USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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Trade Hub opens markets to meet demand for rams and cattle during Tabaski

During the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Adha, many households sacrifice rams and cattle. The Trade Hub leveraged this year’s festival to assist livestock federations in the Sahel to market cattle and small ruminants to coastal markets. Malian, Ivorian and Senegalese livestock traders received Trade Hub assistance to meet the high demand for livestock in the week… Read More

Training on best harvest practices completed

428 mango producers and exporters from Burkina Faso, Senegal and Ghana have been trained on best harvest practices. The trainings were part of the Trade Hub’s three country training program to support the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to standardize and improve mango quality and post-harvest and boost the export of mango in… Read More

Concrete steps toward freer regional trade

Regional integration—the long-heralded key to freer, fairer trade across West Africa—is taking steps toward reality, encouraged by USAID’s West Africa Trade Hub and its partner in transport advocacy, the Borderless Alliance. This public-private organization, founded in 2010 by USAID, is gaining authority and allies across the region as it shines a spotlight on the longstanding… Read More

The Trade Hub: Bridging SMEs and financial institutions

Putting together a strong and detailed business plan is the first step before any company is up and running, but across West Africa, it’s a common stumbling block to adequate financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). “Access to credit is particularly arduous for the agribusiness sector and even more so for SMEs,” said Jean Francois Guay, the Trade Hub’s Investment… Read More

Forum to find solutions to challenges in Ghana’s export sector

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority has extended an invitation to Trade Hub Chief of Party, Jeffrey Povolny, to attend the 76th National Exporters Forum. The Forum, instituted in 1987, serves as a platform for finding ‘on-the-spot’ solutions to challenges exporters face in their operations and also inform and educate exporters on new program and policies… Read More

Making the Deal for Cross-Border Grain Trade

The deal looked like an easy win for intraregional trade: In January 2015, Ghana’s Premium Foods, one of West Africa’s largest commodity traders, agreed to buy 20,000 metric tons (MT) of white maize from Centrale des Producteurs de Céréales (CPC) of neighboring Togo, which buys from 1,000 cooperatives representing 21,000 farmers. When the first tranche… Read More