Leading Ivorian shea association plans better branding and communications

The Filiere Karite de Côte d’Ivoire (FIKA-CI) learned strategic steps at a February workshop in optimizing communication resources and building their brand as a leading association in the Ivorian shea value chain. With more than 2,000 members from rural women’s associations, FIKA-CI is working with an important network of traders and exporting companies. Since its… Read More

Expanding the pool of quality-certified Ivorian mango enterprises

During the first two months of 2017, 100 Ivorian mango producers and exporters have taken first steps to meet international standards in social management systems that provide decent working conditions, ensure food quality and boost their export sales volumes. Certification is vital to meeting international market demand for the tropical fruit—especially from the European Union,… Read More

Mango exporter securing better supply, thanks to Trade Hub industry support

The spectrum of Trade Hub support for West Africa’s mango industry runs from production and processing quality trainings to an upcoming international buyers’ symposium in the region’s mango belt. Ms. Alicia Robinson-Morgan, USAID’s Deputy Trade Africa Coordinator, heard during a Feb. 9 tour how this support is improving raw material quality and sourcing for leading… Read More

Preparing for Mango Symposium in northern Côte d’Ivoire

To lay groundwork for Côte d’Ivoire’s first Mango Symposium, the Trade Hub met Jan. 29-Feb. 3 with 15 exporters, local government and research institutes in Korhogo, the northern city that will host the event in April. Under the theme, ““Export growth and competitiveness of fresh and processed mango in Côte d’Ivoire,” the Trade Hub is… Read More

Readying financial access program for small women-owned businesses in Côte d’Ivoire

The Trade Hub’s finance and investment specialists held a series of meetings from January 30 to February 3 with prospective beneficiaries of the Trade Hub’s Gender Access to Finance Strategy, soon to be rolled out in Côte d’Ivoire. Business Development Services Specialist Ms. Kafui Djonou, Finance and Investment Specialist Mr. Charles Adegnandjou and a local… Read More

Trade Hub finds new mango source for Ghanaian exporter—in Côte d’Ivoire

HPW Dry and Fresh Limited, a Ghana-based subsidiary of HPW Limited, will this year source an additional 1,000 metric tons of fresh mangoes from Ivorian producers, thanks to the Trade Hub’s regional trade facilitation. During a January 31 to February 1 sourcing mission by HPW’s managing director, Mr. Maik Blaser, the Hub’s mango team in… Read More

In Côte d’Ivoire, two financial institutions coached in lending practices for smaller agribusinesses

Ivorian bank officials learned risk management strategies for agribusinesses and how to better negotiate with loan applicants during a Trade Hub coaching mission in three cities, Jan. 27-Feb. 3. The training for Coris Bank and Oikocredit  agents followed a 2016 agreement between the two banks and USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) to expand loan opportunities… Read More

More efficient, higher producing factory layout for Côte d’Ivoire’s O’sey Collection

Ivorian apparel maker O’sey Collection received two weeks of intensive Trade Hub technical assistance in January to establish efficient production lines in its new factory. The new industrial layout should help increase O’sey’s workforce from 30 to 200 as well as boost  production capacity from 300 to 1,500 shirts and T-shirts per day, bound for… Read More

AGOA workshop teaches Ivorian entrepreneurs the ins and outs of pricing products

On December 15, 2016 twenty Ivorian entrepreneurs attended a workshop to learn more about accounting principles and business plan development, including how to set prices to account for production costs, as part of a Trade Hub-funded outreach series on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Hosted by Côte d’Ivoire’s AGOA Trade Resource Center… Read More

Hub and Ivorian shea producer collaborate to strengthen its member services

Since September, the Trade Hub has supported the Filière Karité de Côte d’Ivoire (FIKA-CI), the Ivorian shea producers association, to strengthen its member services through direct communications support and to encourage members to pay their dues. On November 30, Jessie LaFourcade, met with the president of FIKA-CI, Fatoumata Camara, and general secretary, Edwidge Hammond to… Read More

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