Promoting access to finance for West African cashew processors

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… 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

Trade Hub packaging experts advise Ghanaian entrepreneurs, companies

Mr. Kofi Essuman is chairman of the management board of GS1 Ghana, a company that provides packaging and labelling solutions to Ghanaian small and medium enterprises. “Our solutions are tailored to packaging needs of the local and West African regional markets,” Mr. Essuman said. But after a June 7 packaging workshop hosted by USAID’s West… Read More

Côte d’Ivoire validates its AGOA strategy with government and exporters

Côte d’Ivoire moved closer to boosting its exports under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) with a June 1 Validation Workshop of its AGOA National Strategy, hosted in Abidjan by the Trade Hub and its institutional partners, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Ivorian Ministry of Commerce. The event was chaired by… Read More

Communications team documents Hub impact in Côte d’Ivoire

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… 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

Ghana-based HPW collaborates with Ivorian producers to export 2,030 MT of mangoes

HPW Dry and Fresh Limited (HPW), a Ghana-based mango processing company, is sourcing 2,100 metric tons (MT) of fresh mango from ECYA SERVICES Sarl, an Ivorian mango farm, and other Ivorian producers/exporters this year. Weather changes in Ghana have led to declines in mango production, causing Ghanaian companies to source mangoes from Côte d’Ivoire —… Read More

Second loan allows Ivorian cashew company to construct modern processing facility

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… Read More

AGOA workshop addresses two constraints to Ivorian exports: packaging and labeling

On May 5, fifty-six Ivorian processors and representatives of agricultural enterprises met at the Azalai Hotel in Abidjan for training on U.S. packaging and labeling requirements. Co-hosted with the Association pour la Promotion des Exportations de Cote d’Ivoire (APEX-CI) and chaired by Ms. Rebecca Levy, Economic Growth Officer at USAID Cote d’Ivoire, the workshop is… Read More

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