Partners step up at fifth cereals exchange in Mali

Fifty West African buyers and sellers (including nearly 30 women) from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Guinea gathered in Bamako, Mali, for the fifth cereals exchange organized by the Trade Hub in collaboration with the NGO Afrique Verte and the West African Grain Network (WAGN). The March 8-10 event offered a platform for producers and… Read More

Trade Hub collaboration with USAID project will support region’s farmers and traders

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… Read More

In Benin, Trade Hub partnership will address aflatoxin contamination in cereals sourcing

Breweries and other industrial cereals buyers in West Africa prefer to source internationally due to aflatoxin contamination in regionally produced grains. Aflatoxins—caused by certain molds that occur in soil, decaying vegetation, and grains—seriously hinder regional cereals trade, and lead to serious health risks, including stunted growth, cancer, and death. To tackle this in Benin, the… Read More

Ivorian cereals processors have high potential, but lack necessary capital to grow

Kokou Zotoglo, the Hub’s Cereal Value Chain Specialist, traveled to Côte d’Ivoire in early November to continue his assessment of the capability of lead cereals processing firms in Senegal, Mali, and Côte d’Ivoire to source grains from cereals wholesalers in both the country and region. By traveling to these countries, Zotoglo aimed to promote commercial… Read More

Abidjan hosts fourth Regional Cereals Exchange

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,… Read More

Dakar exchange attracts independent observers from regional institutions

More than 90 stakeholders in the cereals sector took part in Dakar’s first cereals exchange, culminating in the signing of 54 contracts for an estimated 18,000 metric tons of produce, by close of business on March 11. The two-day event was the third in a series of regional exchanges conducted by the West Africa Trade… Read More

Creating linkages between regional cereal traders- PRESS RELEASE

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… Read More

Negotiating cereals trades with written contracts

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… Read More

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