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

Encouraging regional cooperation to tackle sanitary issues in livestock trade

The Trade Hub project joined forces with the West African livestock association COFENABVI and the Burkinabe, Malian and Ivorian livestock federations to organize a workshop from April 25-27 on sanitary and zoo-sanitary standards in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Over 30 participants attended the workshop, including federation members, transport representatives from Burkina Faso, Mali, and Côte d’Ivoire,… Read More

Regional Market Information System for livestock—and perhaps much more—moves closer to launch

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… Read More

Livestock federations mobilize financial resources after Trade Hub workshops

National livestock federations in Togo and Mali have improved their financial standing—and member services—through membership fees and partner support following Trade Hub workshops, executive members said during a three-day meeting in Lomé, Togo. The Trade Hub organized the January 30-February 1 meeting to share experiences and lessons learned from the 2015 and 2016 workshops on… Read More

Niger livestock network to modernize trade through formalized record keeping

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… Read More

With Hub support, Ghanaian Livestock Federation finalizes plans to promote benefits of membership

Following on from the decisions taken at COFENABVI regarding capacity building support to COFENABVI national associations, Jean-Didier Nacoulma, the Trade Hub Capacity Building Lead and Gender Specialist, met with the Executive Committee of GHAFLIP in Accra on November 23 to discuss the organizational status of the Federation and finalize plans for capacity building work. Nacoulma… Read More

More trade, better conditions at Operation Tabaski 2016

From September 1-12, Operation Tabaski 2016 helped move more than 80,000 animals from Mali and Burkina to secondary markets in Cote d’Ivoire, generating total sales estimated at $10.3 million. To leverage the high demand of Ivorian livestock markets during the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Adha or Tabaski, the Trade Hub collaborated with national and regional livestock… Read More

First regional livestock fair successful despite obstacles

Niger’s delegation, delayed by robbers and severe road harassment, arrived late to the Salon International Bétail-Viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (SIBVAO) 2016, West Africa’s first livestock trade show. The 44-member delegation arrived on Saturday in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, having shepherded more than 1,000 heads of livestock across the region, instantly doubling the number of animals… Read More

Burkinabe traders explore Ivorian livestock market potential, plan logistics for Operation Tabaski 2016

With members of Burkina Faso’s National Livestock Federation, the Trade Hub traveled to Côte d’Ivoire in late July to meet with potential buyers in major Ivorian livestock markets and establish new commercial relationships in preparation for Operation Tabaski 2016. During this initiative, the Trade Hub is collaborating with Sahelian livestock federations for the upcoming Muslim… Read More

Ceremony announces West Africa’s first regional livestock tradeshow

More than 200 high-level West African government representatives and livestock value chain stakeholders attended the June 2 announcement of the region’s first regional livestock tradeshow, Salon International Bétail-Viande d’Afrique de l’Ouest (SIBVAO). Hosted by the regional livestock association, Confederation des Federations de la Filière Bétail-Viande en Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI-AO) with support from USAID’s West… Read More

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