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

Trade Hub brings AGOA standards and requirements training to Liberia

On December 7, and in cooperation with the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Mohamed  Abou iiana, the Trade Hub’s Senior AGOA specialist, conducted an AGOA promotion workshop for more than 30 participants (pictured at left) representing businesses, the private sector, art and crafts producers, agriculture development agencies, SMEs, exporters, and horticulture producers. Dr. Abou iiana… 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

Guinea workshops teach procedures for exports, AGOA visas, and trade shows

In the Guinean capital of Conakry, events co-hosted by the Trade Hub and the Chambre de Commerce, d’Industrie et d’Artisanat de Guinée (CCIAG) explained new U.S. export requirements, trade shows, and transaction management. Attendees of the events on October 27 and 31—the majority of whom were women—work in Guinean value chains such as palm oil,… Read More

FY17 Annual Report

During FY17, the project continued to work with a large number of stakeholders in an ever-changing environment. We worked in almost all West African countries, with a concentration of activities in nine: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo. Open PDF

Alfie Designs speeds up expansion following Trade Hub technical assistance

Following a series of interventions and technical assistance to Ghanaian apparel manufacturer Alfie Designs (Alfie), officials from USAID and the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub paid a visit September 7 to the factory. There, they learned of changes the company is implementing to meet increased demand and begin exporting to the U.S. under the… Read More

Hub team advises Cross River State garment factory

In September, the Hub’s apparel specialist, Emmanuel Odonkor and a team from the Nigeria Export Promotion Council—toured the large Cross River State garment factory for an initial assessment. Opened in October 2016, the 6,000 sq. meter factory has 600 machines and a workforce of 1,000 employees running two shifts. The factory produces mainly for the… Read More

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