Guinea and Mali become latest West African countries to drop costly trade barrier

At the Hub’s urging, the governments of Guinea and Mali have agreed to formally drop a moot requirement that traders of staple crops and livestock produce Certificates of Origin (COO), which adds time and costs to trade throughout the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). In direct violation of the three decades-old ECOWAS Trade… Read More

Cereals Exchange strengthens business prospects for new and seasoned traders alike

When Colette Nakpergou gave the closing summary at the Cereals Exchange on behalf of the Togolese delegation, her compatriots let out a loud cheer in agreement: “The most important thing is that we cereals actors have to commit more in regional trade so that we can defeat road harassment not on paper but in real… Read More

Trade Hub-ProFAB team advance ETLS scorecard development

At the request of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Trade Hub and the Food Across Borders (ProFAB) program are developing a framework for a scorecard for member states to evaluate their own progress in implementing the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS). From July 17-19, a proposal writing team—consisting of the Hub’s… Read More

Cereals associations take Trade Hub lessons in contracting to local workshops in Ghana

Cascade trainings to promote written contracts for cereals traders continued in central Ghana with a July 3-4 workshop for 47 participants, including 14 women from the Techiman Maize Buyers and Sellers Association. Co-hosted by the country’s Cereal Inter-professional Committee, this second in a series of workshops used lectures in the local language Twi and role… Read More

Trade Hub workshop in Benin addresses aflatoxin contamination in cereal sourcing

Aflatoxins—caused by certain molds that occur in soil, decaying vegetation, and grains—seriously hinder West Africa’s regional cereals trade, and lead to serious health risks, including stunted growth, cancer, and death. A recent Trade Hub four-country study on cereals sourcing for the agro-industrial sector in West Africa revealed that most buyers import from outside the region… Read More

Trade Hub conducts packaging and labeling reviews of Togolese firms

Trade Hub experts, from June 7 to 11, reviewed packaging and export requirements of Togolese firms seeking to expand sales within West Africa and abroad. Drs. Thomas Butterworth and Kenneth Marsh, accompanied by the Trade Hub’s gender specialist, Mr. Jean-Didier Nacoulma, met in Togo with lead firms in the fresh and processed pineapple and mango… Read More

New trade focus presented at GLEE exchange in Senegal

Value Chain Lead, William Noble, presented the Trade Hub’s work and accomplishments in regional trade and food security at the Market Systems Global Learning and Evidence Exchange (GLEE) meetings organized by the USAID Bureau for Food Security in Dakar, Senegal June 4-8, 2017. Mr. Noble shared conclusions and recommendations from the recent Trade Africa meetings… Read More

Stopping aflatoxin contamination high on agenda of regional cereals training-of-trainers

Representatives of Cereals Inter-professional Committees (CIC) from seven countries acquired tools for policy advocacy to improve grain trade and quality—particularly to prevent aflatoxin contamination—at a Trade Hub training in Togo, May 22-24. The three-day training-of -trainers workshop in the Togolese capital, Lomé assisted 15 members of the CIC with skills to push governments and donor… Read More

Regional livestock association learns management and communications tools

West Africa’s only regional livestock associations, Confederation des Federations du Bétail et de la Viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI-AO), learned new tools from the Trade Hub in late May to improve project management processes and leverage internal and external communication. The Trade Hub supports COFENABVI-AO to strengthen its financial sustainability and develop targeted services… Read More

WAGN plans stronger project management and better branding and communications

A key strategic objective of the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub is to build the capacity of its regional partner organizations namely: West African Grains Network (WAGN), Borderless Alliance (BA), Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la filière de bétail et viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI) and Réseau des Systèmes d’Information des Marchés en… Read More

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