USAID West Africa Trade Hub News August 2017

Trade Hub workshop in Benin addresses aflatoxin contamination in cereal sourcing
A recent Trade Hub four-country study on cereals sourcing for the agro-industrial sector in West Africa revealed that most buyers import from outside the region because of aflatoxin contamination of locally grown grains. During field- work for the study, a Trade Hub partner, Approche Communale pour le Marché Agricole (ACMA) identified a need to train trainers on aflatoxin control and management so that they in turn could pass this information on to cereals producers. Read More

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.  Read More

Bridging apparel export gaps in Nigeria, following Trade Hub sector assessment
From July 5-7, the Trade Hub and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) brought together about 40 Nigerian apparel stakeholders to learn how to expand and enter international markets, particularly the U.S. market through the U.S. African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) – an important challenge for Nigerian apparel factories, as identified in a 2016 Trade Hub assessment of the apparel sector.  Read More

Two West African countries take steps towards WTO-TFA
In Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire from June 13-16 and in Dakar, Senegal from June 20-23, the Trade Hub contracted the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to partner together to train National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFCs) on effectively implementing the World Trade Organization-Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO-TFA).  Read More

Restoring cereals supply chains tops agenda at agro-industries forum in Abidjan
During a July forum in Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, West Africa cereals stakeholders discussed business opportunities and supply solutions to the thorny problem of local agro-industries sourcing grains from abroad. Read More

Shea butter quality trainings for AWEP in Burkina Faso
Thirty members of the Burkina Faso chapter of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) attended a three-day training-of-trainers workshop in the capital Ouagadougou on how best to process and sell high-quality shea butter in local, national and international markets. Read More

AGOA sensitization workshop expands into Sierra Leone, addressing challenges amid new opportunities
Co-hosted by the Trade Hub and the Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (SLCCIA), the workshop focused on AGOA documentation and U.S. buyer requirements. This workshop is the second in a series of workshops to give AGOA-eligible countries the know-how and tools to export under AGOA.  Read More

USAID West Africa’s Trade and Investment Hub (the Trade Hub) helps the region’s farmers and firms compete, attract investment, and boost trade. We do this by strengthening the competitive capacity of West Africa’s farmers and firms in high-potential regional and global valu chains, while also addressing transport constraints and barriers along the region’s trade corridors and borders. To expand access to finance and investment in our target value chains, the Trade Hub facilitates relationships between businesses and financial institutions.  Contact us