Over the past year, the Trade Hub has collaborated with the West African Grains Network (WAGN) to organize trainings to help traders understand the value of written contracts as a way to build trust between trading partners, increase the quality of cereals traded, ensure the use of grades and standards, and develop financial records that can help them obtain bank financing.
The most recent event was a training-of-trainers workshop on best contracting practices, held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire from August 16 to 18.
Eighteen representatives of nine West African national cereals inter-professional committees (in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo) participated and learned how to organize similar capacity building workshops for cereals value chain actors in their own countries.
Mr. Kokou Zotoglo, the Trade Hub’s Staple Crops Specialist, and Mr. Saliou Sarr, a Trade Hub consultant, were the trainers of the new trainers. Afterwards, Mr. Dadje Koffi Moise, WAGN’s program officer in Togo, said to the group, “Stay mobilized and ready for what we just learned. You are now our ambassadors!”
The participants saluted the trainers’ professionalism and the quality of the lessons they learned. This event will “give to the network the tools to boost the capacities of WAGN grassroots members”.
It will also elevate the network at a regional scale, facilitating cereals trade throughout the West African region and allowing stakeholders of the cereals value chain to live off their activities,” concluded Mrs. Nafissatou Diagne, president of the Plateforme des Organisations Professionnelles de l’Agroalimentaire du Sénégal and representative of Senegal’s cereals inter-professional committee.
Mrs. Diagne is in the process of receiving a loan through a government program for two millet trading contracts with Senegalese federations—one for 120 metric tons and the other for 30 metric tons. The second contract was signed during a Trade Hub-organized cereals exchange in Dakar, Senegal, last March.