Seventh country drops bureaucratic requirement in West Africa

The Gambia became the latest West African country this fall to abolish the requirement of certificates of origin (COO) for agricultural traders, thanks to year-long efforts of the Trade Hub and its Gambian partner, the Association of Farmers, Educators, and Traders (AFET). The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) officially eliminated the COO requirement… Read More

Regional organization solidifies partnerships to grow the West African livestock sector

With more than 90,000 members, the Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la chaine de valeurs Bétail/Viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI-AO) asserted its leading position within the professional organizations that comprise the West African livestock sector. The regional bureau, based in Côte d’Ivoire, coordinated efforts with the national federations of its eight member countries to… Read More

Burkinabé cereal traders benefit from contracting trainings

The Trade Hub and a Burkinabé farmer-based organization for agro-commodity aggregation and trade organized a two-day training session on contracting best practices for cereals traders in Dédougou, western Burkina Faso. The September 28-29 training also equipped 30 participants, including nine women, with skills and knowledge to prevent aflatoxin contamination. In French and the local language… Read More

Trade Hub supports ECOWAS to achieve long term improvement in transport corridors

On September 25-26, the Trade Hub hosted a regional workshop in Accra to validate the interim report outlining a proposed ECOWAS Regional Strategy and Action Plan on Corridor Management and Development. The two-day workshop brought together 56 regional and international experts and government officials from the logistics, transport and trade sectors to deliberate issues related… Read More

Cascade trainings in contracting and aflatoxin prevention spread Trade Hub–fostered approaches to Togolese cereals traders

Following successful training for cereals traders in Ghana in August, the Trade Hub partnered with the Cereals Inter-professional Committee in Togo on two trainings to promote the use of written contracts and prevent aflatoxin contamination. In Tsevie, southern Togo, 30 cereals traders including 14 women learned best contracting principles from September 11-12, followed by a… Read More

Third “Operation Tabaski” generates $5.8 million of sheep sales in Benin

In Benin, four new livestock markets in smaller towns generated $5.8 million in sales for regional livestock farmers and traders during a 10-day Muslim holiday period. The Trade Hub’s third annual “Operation Tabaski” opened markets in Djougou, Bohicon, Abomey, Parakou—inland cities with better security and shorter travel times for rural customers than traditional sales sites… Read More

Cereals traders in Ghana’s Central Region learn lessons in contracting in last cascade training

For more than 40 years, Ms. Grace Attah, like many Ghanaian cereal traders, has transacted business orally and totally based on trust. But after attending the last in a series of cascade trainings in Ghana on best contracting practices for cereals, she says she is ready to apply new skills in her business. Ms. Attah… Read More

ETLS scorecard development moves forward, looks to accelerate intra-regional trade

On August 28, Trade Hub staff met with representatives from the ECOWAS Commission and other regional stakeholders at Trade Hub offices in Accra to move forward with the development of the ETLS Scorecard.  Since November 2016, the Trade Hub has been collaborating with the Food Across Borders (ProFAB) Project to create a simple but effective… Read More

Hub survey quantifies time and cost spent on West African trade barriers

Certain administrative barriers to trade in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have been eliminated on paper for decades. But the gap between policy and reality has meant that those trading agricultural staples across West African borders are still asked for certificates of origin (COO) despite these being rendered moot under the ECOWAS… Read More

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

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