Trade Hub’s Mango Symposium hits the sweet spot in Korhogo

The Trade Hub kicked off its inaugural Mango Symposium from April 6-7, 2017 in Korhogo, Côte d’Ivoire, part of the country’s main mango producing region. The symposium drew more than 200 private and public actors from the national and international mango sector around the theme of “export growth and competitiveness of fresh and processed mangoes… Read More

Sourcing opportunities found with industrial cereals processors

The Trade Hub’s cereals specialist, Mr. Kokou Zotoglo, surveyed procurement systems used by industrial cereals processors in four West African countries, uncovering ways to foster new commercial relationships with cereals traders. His research in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal is detailed in a report published in March 2017. Mr. Zotoglo interviewed officials at more… Read More

Workshops National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFCs) in Abidjan and Dakar support implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal hosted the second training sessions of their National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFC) in the first half of March 2017. The three-day workshops—organized by the Trade Hub in partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) followed up to the initial training that was carried out in September at… Read More

In Mali, Trade Hub workshop for bankers to transform agribusiness lending

Related video here Coris Bank officials in Mali learned risk mitigation strategies for agricultural lending and how to better negotiate with loan applicants during a Trade Hub training in the capital, Bamako, February 17-18, 2017. Following similar workshops in Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, the training walked 15 participants through practical modules on different agribusiness… Read More

In Côte d’Ivoire, two financial institutions coached in lending practices for smaller agribusinesses

Ivorian bank officials learned risk management strategies for agribusinesses and how to better negotiate with loan applicants during a Trade Hub coaching mission in three cities, January 27-February 3. The training for Coris Bank and Oikocredit  agents followed a 2016 agreement between the two banks and USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) to expand loan opportunities… 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

With Trade Hub support, Senegalese farmers association expects to increase mango exports by 25% in 2017

On December 2, the Trade Hub delivered packhouse equipment worth $7,793 to “la Cooperative des Producteurs de Fruits et de Legumes” (COOPROFEL), a Senegalese fruit and vegetable export cooperative. COOPROFEL is located in Keur Mbir Ndao, one of the largest vegetable and mango producing and exporting areas in Senegal, which has the potential to produce… Read More

Trade Hub to collaborate with two USAID-funded projects for greater impact in regional trade

Last week, the Trade Hub traveled to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to meet in a USAID-sponsored Partnership meeting with representatives of numerous other projects working in a specific region of Niger and Burkina Faso, and in particular the REGIS-AG and REGIS-ER projects. The Trade Hub met with numerous projects working in the region, and was able… Read More

In Senegal, Trade Hub-supported financial advisory firm launches services for small agribusinesses

La Financière Africaine, a member of the Trade Hub’s Financial Advisors network, launched its business development service program for agribusinesses on November 8 in Dakar, Senegal. At the event, CEO Abdoulaye Dieng said the new program would “bring together small and medium-sized businesses in the agricultural export sector and provide them with information about the… Read More

Price and quality prevent Senegalese cereal processors from sourcing in West Africa

The Trade Hub’s Cereal Value Chain Specialist, Kokou Zotoglo, traveled to Dakar, Senegal and Bamako, Mali, to strengthen commercial linkages between breweries, such as Guinness, and cereals processors that could supply brewers’ grits, dried corn kernels used as a malt replacement in beer. The October 19-21 trip also promoted commercial relationships between cereal wholesalers and… Read More

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