Niger

GDP (US$) $7.14 billion, 2015
Population, 19.90 million, 2015
Source: World Bank data

Niger flagA landlocked, mostly desert nation, Niger faces continual challenges to its largely agriculture and livestock-based economy. The West Africa Trade Hub is promoting regional trade linkages through two main avenues in Niger: cereals exchanges with neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso and cattle fattening training for the Niger Livestock Federation to increase the volume of high-quality livestock being sold to West African coastal markets. The Trade Hub also supports an AGOA Trade Resource Center (ATRC), housed at the Chambre de Commerce, d’Industrie et d’Artisanat du Niger (CCIAN) in Niamey, which connects businesses with information to export regionally and worldwide.

The Trade Hub is recruiting financial advisors in Niger to help firms within Hub-targeted value develop sound, bankable proposals for business investment and loan approvals, and is seeking ways to address the high costs of livestock trade between Niger and the large livestock markets in Nigeria.

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Niger News

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

    February 13, 2017
    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 ...
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  • Regional Market Information System for livestock—and perhaps much more—moves closer to launch

    February 6, 2017
    A Market Information System (MIS) for West Africa’s livestock sector should launch in a few weeks, with the Trade Hub’s facilitation support to integrate the needs of COFENABVI with the new CILSS program, during a January 27 meeting with key stakeholders in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Trade Hub’s Value Chain Team Lead, Bill Noble, and Livestock ...
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  • Trade Hub collaboration with USAID project will support region’s farmers and traders

    January 30, 2017
    The Trade Hub and Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel – Accelerated Growth (REGIS-AG) will soon sign a partnership agreement to leverage support for West Africa’s farmers and agricultural traders. In meetings in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in mid-January and December 2016, officials from the two USAID projects identified areas where the projects could join forces ...
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  • Niger livestock cooperative creates market opportunities for women

    January 30, 2017
    In 2010, Madame Maïga approached the Niger Livestock Federation (FNGIP) with the idea of setting up a cooperative of women livestock fatteners to facilitate export. The result is the 98 woman strong Association Nigérienne des Femmes Emboucheuses, Eleveuses et Entrepreneures pour le Developpement (ANFED) drawn from all over Niger, whose main objective is to pool ...
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  • Niger livestock network to modernize trade through formalized record keeping

    December 20, 2016
    The Trade Hub brokered a November 28-29 meeting between livestock fatteners’ networks from Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso to encourage the Niger Livestock Fatteners’ Network to fatten livestock for sale in regional markets and to formalize its process of record keeping on these transactions. The Niger Livestock Fatteners’ Network was established in April 2016 for ...
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  • Agreement reached on Hub support for livestock sector through regional & Ghanaian associations

    December 5, 2016
    The board of directors of West Africa’s livestock association met with Trade Hub leadership on upcoming priorities to develop the sector at a Nov. 15-16 meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. At the board meeting of COFENABVI (Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la filière de bétail et viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest), all parties reviewed priorities ...
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  • Trade Hub to collaborate with two USAID-funded projects for greater impact in regional trade

    November 28, 2016
    Last week, the Trade Hub traveled to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to meet in a USAID-sponsored Partnership meeting with representatives of numerous other projects working in a specific region of Niger and Burkina Faso, and in particular the REGIS-AG and REGIS-ER projects. The Trade Hub met with numerous projects working in the region, and was able ...
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  • AGOA roundtable explores export opportunities for Niger through AGOA and ETLS

    November 14, 2016
    On November 10, 2016, the Trade Hub and the U.S. Embassy in Niger co-organized a roundtable discussion focused on export opportunities through the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme. Hosted at the American Cultural Center in Niamey, the event informed key private sector players in Niger on how ...
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  • With Trade Hub support, RESIMAO continues to build its organizational capacity

    October 10, 2016
    From September 26-30, representatives from ten RESIMAO member countries met in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Their objective was to ratify RESIMAO’s procedures manual and three-year communications plan, developed in collaboration with the Trade Hub. RESIMAO, the regional market information system organization, collects commodity-related pricing data on a weekly basis from members in 12 West African countries ...
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  • WAGN to new trainers: “You are now our ambassadors!”

    August 24, 2016
    Over the past year, the Trade Hub has collaborated with the West African Grains Network (WAGN) to organize trainings to help traders understand the value of written contracts as a way to build trust between trading partners, increase the quality of cereals traded, ensure the use of grades and standards, and develop financial records that ...
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  • Abidjan hosts fourth Regional Cereals Exchange

    August 3, 2016
    In Cote d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, 115 West African stakeholders (including 39 women) from nine countries participated in the fourth cereals exchange organized by the Trade Hub in collaboration with Afrique Verte and the West African Grain Network (WAGN). The July 26-27 event in Abidjan offered a platform for producers and traders to negotiate costs, quantities, quality, ...
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  • Niger livestock fatteners learn how to improve meat quality and increase profits

    April 15, 2016
    The Trade Hub, in collaboration with the Niger Livestock Federation (FNGIP), the Livestock Interprofessional (IP.BVCP) and the Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la Filière Bétail/Viande des pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI) organized a four-day workshop from April 11-14 for 22 livestock farmers as a first step towards establishing a network of commercial fatteners in ...
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  • Cereals traders from 9 West African countries sign purchase contracts

    December 12, 2015
    In early December, 74 West Africans involved in the region’s cereals trade gathered in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, to create new commercial partnerships and strengthen existing relationships. Organized by the Trade Hub and NGO Afrique Verte, this two-day event built upon the success of the first Ouagadougou exchange held in July and attracted new participants ...
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  • Creating linkages between regional cereal traders- PRESS RELEASE

    December 9, 2015
    For immediate release December 9, 2015 Contact: Bill Noble, Value Chain Development Specialist Tel: +233 26 280 0781 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso — More than 60 cereal sourcing and procurement enterprises, producer associations and inspection companies have converged in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso today for the second quarterly West African Regional Cereals Exchange. The Exchange is organized by the USAID/West Africa Trade ...
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  • Negotiating cereals trades with written contracts

    November 6, 2015
    Cereals exchange organized by USAID generates 54 contracts for $20 million in staple food commodities. Alhadji Adamou Aboubakar, a cereals trader from Niger, knows well the pitfalls of verbal agreements in his business. “If we set the price today, as soon as the price fluctuates, there will be a problem between the two parties,” he said. “If ...
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