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 forces for maximum impact.
REGIS-AG works via farmers’ organizations and some USAID-funded projects in Burkina Faso and Niger to improve the incomes of vulnerable families and communities and strengthen their resilience to shocks by strengthening target value chains, including poultry, small ruminants and cowpea.
The Hub will facilitate animal feed purchasing for REGIS-AG’s poultry value chain stakeholders. REGIS-AG would also like to participate in an upcoming Hub workshop on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards, which will address the challenge of obtaining veterinary certificates in cross-border trade in West Africa.
“We will also work with REGIS-AG during this year’s Operation Tabaski to increase sales and income for many more Nigerien livestock producers and traders,” said Seydou Sidibe, the Trade Hub’s Livestock Specialist.
REGIS-AG partners will also be able to sell their products, including cowpeas, at the Hub’s cereals exchanges.