Finance and Investment

To bridge West Africa’s supply-demand gap in finance for agricultural and export-ready goods, the Trade Hub facilitates connections and builds the capacity of businesses, financial institutions, and strategic partners. Our activities include:

Identifying an investment pipeline for businesses. By country and by value chain, the Trade Hub maps the financing needs of qualified firms and matches them with potential financing sources.

Partnering with financial institutions. Starting with countries in the investment pipeline, the Trade Hub is establishing long-term partnerships with regional banks, local financial institutions, social impact funds, and investors. We build our financial partners’ understanding of the market potential of export-ready and agribusiness companies; in turn, these partners help us secure financing and investment for these firms.

Generating deals through financial intermediaries. A regional network of financial advisors, trained by the Trade Hub, provides consulting services to businesses and helps them obtain finance, working through our network of financial institution partners to link businesses with sources of investment and bring deals to closure. We currently have 28 financial advisors in eight countries.

Strengthening the financial skills of partner organizations. By building partner organizations’ financial acumen, the Trade Hub helps them improve their creditworthiness. We also help them develop capacity in areas such as service delivery to members, which expands and bolsters their membership base.


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Trade Hub Financial Advisors


AIMS: Charles Polet, , +233 266 308 678

Growth Mosaic: Wayne Miranda, , +233 302 902 270
IMEXTRA: Ali Saib Diallo, , + 226 75 83 97 58, +233 264 414 862

Burkina Faso

Africana Finances: Yacouba Romba, , +226 7820 1166, +225 5412 2202
Agrigrowth Management: Abdoul Nasser Zongo, , +226 7642 7105
IMEXTRA: Ali Saib Diallo, , +226 75 83 97 58, +233 264 414 862

Cote d’Ivoire

Africana Finances: Yacouba Romba, , +226 7820 1166, +225 5412 2202
AIMS: Charles Polet, , +233 266 308 678
EM Consulting: Emmanuel Diabaté, , +225 2001 1020
IMEXTRA: Ali Saib Diallo, , +226 75 83 97 58, +233 264 414 862

GROUP O: Kouadio Oba Rose-Jose, , +255 8792 1526


AIMS: Charles Polet, , +233 266 308 678
DAB Consult Ghana Ltd.: Windfred Torgby, , +233 204 751 842
Growth Mosaic: Wayne Miranda, , +233 302 902 270
IESO Agribusiness: Francis Osei, , +233 208 508 800
IMEXTRA: Ali Saib Diallo, , +226 75 83 97 58, +233 264 414 862
Solutions Consulting: Solomon B. Quaye, , +233 208 141 985


ADG Consulting: Moctar Traoré, , +223 7645 4084
7 Consult: Garibou Yalcouyé, , +223 6659 3182


Africana Finances: Yacouba Romba, , +226 7820 1166, +225 5412 2202


Gapris Consults: Gabriel Etim Umoren, , +234 803 595 7060
Georges Davidson & Associates: Dr. Bola Onasayna, , +234 803 305 8847
Highnet Resources: Vivian Ani, , +234 803 517 9897
Lighthouse Investments: Bode Oladapo, +234 803 429 5964

Pearl Mutual Consulting: Olufunmi Adepoju, , +234 816 578 9484

Zebra Multiservices: Sola Bayowa, , +234 803 331 0686


La Financière Africaine: Abdoulaye Dieng, , +221 77 674 2958


AIMS: Charles Polet, , +233 266 308 678
IMEXTRA: Ali Saib Diallo, , +226 75 83 97 58, +233 264 414 862

    Finance and Investment News

  • With investment, poultry farm offers new protein supply in Niger

    January 25, 2018
    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 ...
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  • In Senegal’s River Valley, Financière Africaine Secures Loans for Farmers

    December 12, 2017
    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 a ...
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  • Business relationship lifts Ivorian cashew farmer incomes

    December 5, 2017
    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 ...
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  • Women-owned businesses and bank officials in Cote d’Ivoire learn how to bridge the finance gap

    October 23, 2017
    The Trade Hub rolled out the second phase of the gender access to finance strategy in Côte d’Ivoire this October to build the financial acumen of women-owned small and medium Enterprises (SMEs) and facilitate financing for their businesses. As part of the strategy, the Hub’s finance and investment team organized two three-day trainings for female business ...
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  • Ivorian cashew cooperative wins presidential honor, plans expansion

    August 14, 2017
    Côte d’Ivoire’s president awarded one of the Trade Hub’s star performers, Société Coopérative d’Anacarde du Kafigue avec Conseil d’Administration (SCAK COOP-CA), the 2017 prize for best exporting company during an August 7 award ceremony at the presidential palace. “Your merit and good quality work pave the way for the creation of a new Côte d’Ivoire,” his ...
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  • Growth financing approved for Nigerian agro-processors

    August 8, 2017
    Three Nigerian agro-processors of various sizes have new bank financing totaling Naira 421,706,825 (about $1.35m) for equipment and working capital, thanks to facilitation by the Trade Hub and its financial advisors’ network. Leading cereals processor Graceco Limited received a N350 million (about $1 million) debt facility from the Bank of Industry and Access Bank to finance ...
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  • Promoting access to finance for West African cashew processors

    June 27, 2017
    The Trade Hub is promoting large cashew factories to large financial institutions. To date, the nascent larger cashew processors are having difficulties in finding local banks to provide adequate working capital facility loans to purchase raw cashew nuts and cover their operational cost.  For example, a local bank could loan $1million, another $2 million, when ...
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  • Communications team documents Hub impact in Côte d’Ivoire

    June 5, 2017
    In Côte d’Ivoire, the Trade Hub’s communications specialist, Jessie Lafourcade, teamed with Abt Associates’ senior communications manager, Ms. Leah Quin, to record major project collaborations with Ivorian businesses working in cashew, cereals, and apparel. On May 25, Ms. Lafourcade photographed a meeting between the founders of Ivorienne des Noix de Cajou (INC) and the chiefs of ...
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  • Trade Hub talks export requirements at food and products conference in Nigeria

    June 5, 2017
    On May 26, the Trade Hub participated in the African Foods and Products Exhibition and Conference in Lagos, Nigeria, hosted by the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) and attended by food producers, clothing and textiles manufacturers as well as African handcrafts producers. Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, the Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, and Mr. ...
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  • Second loan allows Ivorian cashew company to construct modern processing facility

    May 15, 2017
    In March 2017, the Ivorian cashew company, Ivorienne des Noix de Cajou (INC) received a loan of $8 million — capital that will enable INC to build a modern cashew-processing facility that will employ 300 full-time staff and secure about 6,000 MT of raw cashew nuts for processing. This loan is the second of two loans ...
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  • AGOA outreach workshop guides Ghanaian companies through export financing

    May 8, 2017
    An April 28 workshop continued a series of Trade Hub-led outreach and information events to help Ghanaian businesses understand the basics of the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Co-hosted with the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in Accra, the one-day workshop focused on export financing, specifically contracts and payments. Mr. William Addo, ...
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  • New loan allows Ivorian cashew export company to start processing next year, thanks to Trade Hub support

    May 8, 2017
    The Ivorian cashew export company, Société Coopérative d’Anacarde du Kafigue avec Conseil d’Administration (SCAK COOP-CA), obtained a loan of $2,916,667  in March 2017 to purchase and export raw cashew nuts, and plans to install a processing plant next year,  allowing the company to expand its service offerings and increase its revenue in the long term. In ...
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  • In Ghana, agribusiness exporters learn how to access finance to grow their businesses

    April 4, 2017
    Seasoned and potential Ghanaian agribusiness exporters from various value chains—including cashew, shea, cereals, aquaculture and tubers—learned types and sources of financing available at the latest event in the Trade Hub’s information series on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). About 40 exporters attended the March 24 event in Accra, Ghana. The Hub’s Finance and ...
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  • Trade Hub partners with Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce to build SMEs’ business-planning skills

    March 20, 2017
    To address a chronic access to finance gap, the Trade Hub and the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) organized a business-plan development workshop for 15 agribusiness small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on March 8 in Lagos, Nigeria. “One major challenge that hinders businesses’ ability to access finance in the region is poorly developed business plans that ...
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  • Trade Hub trains agricultural assistance organizations in keys to finance

    March 13, 2017
    Regional organizations can make essential connections between West African agribusinesses and financial institutions. But these organizations themselves need tools to improve their clients’ access to finance. “After we have identified those farms and agribusinesses which have the potential to grow, we often are unable to help them apply successfully for loans,” said Mme. Kassambara Dienebou Diallo ...
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